Monthly Archives: February 2016

Isaac Kasamani (red shirt) being pepper sprayed by a police officer in civilian clothes at Besigye's home Photo: AP

Media clamp down as police arrest six journalists in Kasangati and two others in Kampala.

Media clamp down as police arrest six journalists in Kasangati and two others in Kampala.

Kasangati, 1st March 2016; Uganda Police has on Monday February 29th 2016, arrested a total of eight (8) journalists; six at Kasangati on allegations of inciting violence and two others outside State House at Nakasero for alleged criminal trespass. The arrest happened as Dr. Besigye was anticipated to leave his home to attend an FDC

A police officer blocks a journalist during the arrest of Kizza Besigye Photo: AFP

Police arrests six journalists covering opposition politician incarceration at his home.

Kasangati, 28th February 2016; Six journalists were on Saturday 27th February 2016 arrested by Ugandan police, for covering the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’ Rtd Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye. They were bundled into a police van, driven away and later released without charge. Police cited security in the area as the reason for their arrest.


Human Rights Network for Journalists–Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists. It was registered in 2006 amidst glaring abuses targeting the media and deteriorating human rights situation in the country. HRNJ-U monitors

Isaac Kasamani (checked shirt) being helped by fellow journalists after being pepper sprayed :Photo URN

AFP journalist pepper sprayed by police for covering the arrest of former opposition presidential contestant.

Kasangati, 22nd\February\2016; A photo journalist Isaac Kasamani of AFP, an international news agency was today 22nd February 2016 pepper sprayed by police while taking pictures of police arresting former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Presidential Candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye from his residence in Wakiso District. Another journalist, Abubaker Lubowa survived narrowly, while other journalists were

Global rights bodies petition the US Government, UN and European Union to intervene in the worsening media situation in Uganda during the elections

IFEX, 19th February, 2016; Over 140 international media rights bodies have called on the United States government, the United Nations and European Union to use their diplomatic channels to bear pressure on the Ugandan authorities to ensure the that fundamental rights and freedoms of journalists, the civil society and politicians are respected in the ongoing

A journalist runs in front of riot police in Kampala, Uganda, 15 February 2016 REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

“Will I get hurt?” Questions journalists covering Uganda’s elections are likely asking

This statement was originally published on on 16 February 2016. Journalists ask questions. That’s their job. But their questions should never have to be about whether they can safely report on a matter in the public interest, or whether they will make it out of an election period alive. Donald Trump is arguably the most

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda’s elections, says IFEX

This statement was originally published on on 16 February 2016. The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government of Uganda to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond. ATTN: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Federica

Police storm Lira radio arrest editor and six guests during a talk show.

Lira, 15th / February/2016; Police in Lira District Northern Uganda arrested and detained the News Editor of Radio North FM, Richard Mungu Jakican and six politicians on 13th February 2016 during a radio talk show accusing them of defacing President Museveni’s posters. All are still in police custody. Police led by Acting Regional Police Commander