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A journalist has been convicted and sentenced for 2 months at Luzira prisons for trespassing at parliament.

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HRNJ-Uganda alert, Journalist asks Court to dismiss defamation charges against him.

Kampala 16 /Dec./2014; Court at City Hall in Kampala has resumed hearing of a case in which a former Daily Monitor Journalist, Timothy Kalyegira Nyakahuuma is charged with defaming the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta...Read full story | More photos

Kampala 16 /Dec./2014; Court at City Hall in Kampala has resumed hearing of a case in which a former Daily Monitor Journalist, Timothy Kalyegira Nyakahuuma is charged with defaming the President of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.


Through his lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, Kelyegira prayed to court that criminal defamation charges brought against him by the State should be dismissed on grounds that Section 179 of the Penal Code Act under which he is being charged contravenes international standards and best practices of media freedom.


He further argued that according to the recent decision delivered by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights which Uganda is party to, found criminal defamation to be contrary to the guarantees on freedom of expression. The trial Magistrate, Moses Nabende advised Rwakafuzi to furnish court with the said decision.


In 2012, Kalyegira filed an application to the High Court raising a question of law as to whether online publication was envisaged under s.179 of the Penal Code Act. In deciding the matter, Justice Lameck Kigozi held that publication online can constitute a commission of an offence under section 179 of the Penal code Act and the case was referred back to the trial magistrate for trial.Full Story here

Kampala, 13th/December/2014; A City Hall Court in Kampala has sentenced a freelance journalist, William Ntege aka Buganda Kyumakyayesu to two months in prison on charges of criminal trespass and being a common nuisance at the Parliament of Uganda. Ntege had gone to Parliament to petition the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga over police brutality on journalists and other Ugandans.


A Senior Grade one magistrate Elias Kakooza convicted Ntege to jail over criminal trespass, while cautioned him on the second count of common nuisance.

 

Prosecution led by State Attorney Miriam Njuki told court that on 9th/Dec/2014, at Parliament in Kampala, Ntege did an act not authorized by law when he lawfully entered into the parliamentary building but remained there with an intention to demonstrate and disrupt business within parliament. Police confiscated his audio and visual evidence to police brutality.

 

She told court that Ntege also chained and padlocked himself on a bar at the fly-over connecting the South wing to Northern wing of the parliament building, and that efforts to ask him to leave failed until the officers sought the services of a technician to cut the chain, leading to his arrest and prosecution.Read full story here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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