Red Pepper to pay sh30m for defamation

The Media Council has ordered Red Pepper to pay sh30m in compensation for defaming a city businessman, Habib Kagimu, in two of its articles published in February last year.

The paper was also ordered to publish an apology to Kagimu in similar prominence as the defaming stories and to pay the costs of the suit.

Kagimu sued Red Pepper after it insinuated that he had received funds from Libyan president Col. Muammar Gadaffi to take the Bunyoro king and the queen of Toro to Ethiopia.

The tabloid also said the Government was investigating Kagimu for allegedly saying States, which do not support Gadaffi’s cause, would be overthrown.

Last year, the tabloid was also ordered to pay a fine of $50,000 over stories about the Libyan leader after it alleged that he had a sexual relationship with the Queen Mother of the Toro kingdom, Best Kemigisa. Toro is one of the biggest cultural institutions in Uganda.

SOURCE: New Vision


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