Monthly Archives: March 2016

HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala and Margaret Ssentamu of UMWA at Parliament Photo: Kabubi of Media Africa

Journalists, Human Rights activists petition Parliament to discipline minister over journalist assault

Journalists, Human Rights activists petition Parliament to discipline minister over journalist assault

Parliament, 30th/March/2016; Over one hundred and fifty (150) journalists, civil society organization and members of the general public have petitioned Parliament to discipline the Minister Without Portfolio and Katikamu North Member of Parliament, Eng. Abraham Byandala for alleged assault of a Vision Group journalist, Judith Naluggwa. The group led by the Executive Director of Uganda

TV journalist Isaac Kugonza being helped by police after he was shot by a rubber bullet during a scuffle to arrest lord mayor Erias Lukwago. This was at Wakaliga Kampala on November 16, 2015. Photo by Ramadhan Abbey

2015 bad year for Journalists in Uganda – report

This statement was originally published on New Vision website on 29th/03/2016. By Pascal Kwesiga Out of the 143 cases of press freedom and rights violations, the police was responsible for 107, accounting for over 70% of the abuses. A new press freedom index for Uganda has painted a gloomy picture for the media freedoms, showing

L-R HRNJ-Uganda Board chairman Julius Esegu, Commissioner media crimes Kuteesa, Freedom House chief of party Donald Kature, HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala and OSIEA country director Richard Mugisha displaying a launched copy of the Press Freedom Index report 2015 at Imperial Royale Hotel

Press Freedom Index Report 2015 ‘political coverage criminalized’

Uganda continues to congregate laws that undermine the enjoyment of media freedom and freedom of expression. Its media legal regime is restrictive in spite of her constitutional guarantees to freedom of the press and being a state party and signatory to international treaties and conventions. The State authority responsible for electronic media and telecommunications regulations,

Journalist Judith Naluggwa at court

Government minister punches female TV journalist, dragged to police

Kampala, 24th/ March/2016; Eng. Abraham Byandala, a member of Parliament for Katikamu North Constituency and currently a Minister without Portfolio in the Ugandan government is under fire for assaulting a government-owned Bukedde Television journalist, Judith Naluggwa. He punched her on the stomach as she covered a corruption related story at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala.

Detective Corporal Mandela Henry on witness stand during court hearing in Masaka Photo: Eddie Bindhe

Police Officer shows court journalist’s gadgets damaged by ruling party politician.

Masaka, 11th March 2016; A Magistrates Court in Masaka has on March 11, continued hearing of a criminal case against a ruling party politician, Eddie Ssansa, with a police officer testifying and producing a damaged smart phone which the Daily Monitor newspaper journalist Shamim Jjingo Nakawooya was using to record news when she was reportedly

Robert SSempala addressing a press conference Photo: Emmanuel Magambo

Uganda: State attacks on media must stop

This statement was originally published on on 7th/March/2016. The correlation between Uganda police and journalists in the country has slowly degenerated into a hate relationship. In a space of five days, over 30 journalists have been beaten, blocked from accessing news scenes, pepper-sprayed, arrested, detained and released without any charges preferred against them. Others

Uganda Police: Web photo

Seven journalists attacked as police and army looks on.

Entebbe, 7th/ March/2016; Rowdy supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporters on March 04th, 2016 attacked seven journalists, destroyed their gadgets and deleted recorded material from the cameras. The journalists were covering elections for special interest groups at Entebbe in Wakiso district at the Mayor’s Gardens. The victim journalists included, Ssebalamu Kigongo of

Ms Remmy Bahati (R) of NBS television and other journalists battle police as they covered events outside Monitor Publications office during a police siege in 2013. PHOTO BY: Rachel Mabala.

Media practitioners, rights activists condemn police brutality on journalists

This Statement was originally published on Daily Monitor on 4th/March/2016 Kampala. Uganda is at political cross-roads due to raw power contestation between re-elected president Yoweri Museveni, who has been president for 30 years, and the Opposition led by Dr Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential election loser. Like in the past, Dr Besigye has rejected as