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Report on the Safety and Security of Journalists in Uganda.
government’s failure to protect journalists is rendering the journalism profession most dangerous in Uganda-Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) Report notes. HRNJ-Uganda is greatly concerned by the worsening trend of the safety and security of media practitioners in Uganda and government’s reluctance to bring this situation to a halt...Download
Investigate Special Investigations Unit Boss for intimidating a radio journalist
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is calling on the Police to investigate the SIU, Boss Chelimo Beata for orchestrating intimidation and harassment of a radio journalist, James Kasirivu who works with Endigito radio, in Mbarara district, Western Uganda.SIU is a semi-autonomous body under the Uganda Police Force which investigates serious cases, especially those which the State has interest in. It is notorious for cracking down on hardcore criminals and dealing with opposition politicians. SIU was first named the Violent Crackdown Unit (VCCU) and later Rapid Response Unit (RRU)..Download
Halt The SIM Card Registration Process
The government should immediately halt the ongoing SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) card registration due to noncompliance by the telephone service providers to the Regulations on Interception of Communications Act and Regulations of Interception of Communications Instrument. Besides, the law applied is not in conformity with the Constitution, fall short of Human Rights standards and the general principles of data protection.Download
Open Letter on Human Rights Concerns with the registration of SIM CARDS
On behalf of the Freedom of Expression and Information cluster, we write to express our concerns about the impropriety of the on-going registration of SIM cards and its effects on the right to privacy, access to information and freedom of expression.The Uganda government has a duty to protect and promote the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution and International instruments like the International.Download
The Sim-Card Registration Case
This case is coming up on Monday, the 20th May 2012 at 9:00 a.m.for “a scheduling/status conference” and “consideration of submissions in respect of the petitioners’ prayer for a temporary injunction”.
Hon. Mr. Justice Eldad Mwangutsya is the trial judge who had earlier been allocated to handle the case, but we have learnt that he has been promoted to the Court of Appeal. We therefore anticipate that this status conference will be his last involvement in the case as he is expected to make a formal handover of all court matters to another judge in the Civil Division..Download
HRNJ-U Statement: Media Clamp down by Security Personnel
the crackdown on four media house today by security agencies under unclear circumstances is a serious threat to freedom of the media and expression in the country. The security agencies actions to deactivate KFM and Dembe FM and the besieging of Monitor publications and Red Pepper publications are intended to keep Ugandans ignorant about sensitive governance issues which are of greater public importance...Download