Media personality John Mark Ssegawa faces death threats over gay links

Journalist John Mark Ssegawa during detention at Wakiso Central Police Station ( PHOTO/UG Standard).

KAMPALA — A Ugandan media personality faces death threats after he was detained over reports that he is linked to gay crusaders.

John Mark Ssegawa, who previously worked with a number of radio stations including Capital FM and Beat FM told this website that he was tortured by security operatives while in detention.

Ssegawa whose home is located in Wakiso district in Central Uganda was raided and searched by security operatives said he was quizzed beaten with his wife and children for his continued promotion gay activities on radio and fighting for their rights in Uganda.

His wife and young children aged seven and five were arrested twice by security for interrogation over gay connectivity and later released after pressure was mounted on government for torturing his children who are very young and his wife thinking he would stop advocating for gay rights.

Homosexuality is illegal and is punishable by lengthy jail sentences and death in Uganda.

Journalist Ssegawa was beaten up by police during detention

Ssegawa has previously been arrested at Kampala Central Police Station and Kiira Police Station and tortured over a similar offense.

He said his media house was also contacted and coerced by the communications sector regulator to terminate his contract for repeated connection with illegal gay crusaders.

John Mark Ssegawa as the year 2022 was ending he was ambushed by plain closed security operatives who beat him to coma and nearly lost his life.

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