Back to Africa Check

No, Ugandan police spokesperson didn’t ‘hit a journalist’ with a catapult for ‘asking irrelevant question’

A photo of Ugandan police spokesperson Fred Enanga aiming a catapult is circulating on Facebook in March 2022 with the claim that he “hit a journalist” with the weapon.

“Newly appointed Uganda police spokesman hits News reporter with a caterpult for asking irrelevant question,” the caption reads.

The catapult Enanga is holding doesn’t seem to be loaded. But is the claim true? We checked.

Catapult_False

Press conference on illegally imported catapults

A Google reverse image search reveals that the photo is almost a year old.

It appears in several news reports from April 2021, on the Ugandan police probing the source and motive for illegally imported catapults.

Its caption reads: “Fred Enanga showing how some of the recovered catapults are being used.”

The photo is also in a press statement on the Uganda Police Force website, dated 12 April 2021.

And we found a news clip of the press conference, produced by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation

The claim is false.

For publishers: what to do if your post is rated false

A fact-checker has rated your Facebook or Instagram post as “false”, “altered”, “partly false” or “missing context”. This could have serious consequences. What do you do?

Click on our guide for the steps you should follow.

Publishers guide

Africa Check teams up with Facebook

Africa Check is a partner in Facebook’s third-party fact-checking programme to help stop the spread of false information on social media.

The content we rate as “false” will be downgraded on Facebook and Instagram. This means fewer people will see it.

You can also help identify false information on Facebook. This guide explains how.

Add new comment

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
limit: 600 characters

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.

Close and keep reading

Want to keep reading our fact-checks?

We will never charge you for verified, reliable information. Help us keep it that way by supporting our work.

Become a newsletter subscriber

Support independent fact-checking in Africa.