Monthly Archives: May 2016

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni swearing in as President of the Republic of Uganda

AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

This statement was originally published on on 30 May 2016. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations on the continent, has petitioned Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, calling on him to make a commitment to protect and defend free speech in the face of the deteriorating freedom of

Human Rights Activists in a press conference held at HRAFP offices to show solidarity.

Human Rights Organisation offices raided, guard killed,Civil Society Organizations demand for government action.

Kampala, 23rd /May/2016; Civil Society Organizations have called upon the Ugandan Government to conduct swift and transparent investigations into the recent wave of office break-ins targeting human rights organizations, which has escalated to killing of the guards on duty. This follows the break-in of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) offices located in

Robert Ssempala, the winner of the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award 2016, poses with the EU member states ambassadors in Uganda. Photo: Magambo Emmnauel

HRNJ-Uganda’s National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala wins EU HRDS Award 2016.

The National Coordinator of Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), Robert Ssempala has won the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award for the year 2016 for his outstanding resilience and determination to promote and protect the universally recognized rights and fundamental freedoms in Uganda during the year 2015. The prestigious award was handed over to

Robert SSempala giving his speech at the Ambassador's residence in Kololo Photo: Francis Tumwekwasize

Acceptance Speech by Robert Ssempala, Winner of the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award 2016

Your Excellences the Ambassadors, The European Union Delegation to Uganda, Development Partners, Civil Society Representatives, The Executive Board, Members and Fellow Staff of HRNJ-Uganda, Esteemed Journalists, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen As mentioned, my name is Robert Ssempala, the National Coordinator of Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda). I am very pleased to greet you

Government blocks social media as police shoots at, assaults, arrests and detains journalists a day to the president’ swearing in.

Kampala, 13th/May/2016; Government has switched of social media platforms in Uganda ahead of the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni, after the 18th Feb, 2016 disputed elections, which saw the incumbent,t who has been in power since 1986, win against seven (7) other contenders. This is the second time social media platforms are being switched

Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi (extreme right) Minister Jim Muhwezi (centre) and Deputy Attorney General Mwesigwa Rukutana (left) during a press conference.

Government of Uganda bans live media coverage of opposition activities and threatens to close down media houses and social media platforms

Kampala, 06th/May/2016; In a surprise twist of events, just two days after officiating as chief walker on World Press Freedom Day celebrations, the Minister for Information and National Guidance, Jim Katugugu Muhwezi has banned media coverage of political activities of the opposition ‘defiance campaign’ which is spearheaded by the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) flag

Police officers push journalists away from FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye’s home recently. PHOTO by Abubaker Lubowa.

Govt draws media into Museveni, Besigye fight

This article was originally p The Cabinet pronouncement banning live broadcasts of the “defiance campaign” placed the media right at the centre of the fight between President Museveni and Dr Kizza Besigye, prompting reactions from different circles. The ban was announced yesterday by Information minister Jim Muhwezi, in a high profile press conference that was

British High Commissioner Alison Blackburne commends CPUMediaTrust 2016 Astor Award to HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala.

Ugandan media rights organization HRNJ-Uganda wins Prestigious Commonwealth Press Union Award, as Ugandan journalists are rewarded for excellent media freedom reporting on World Press Freedom Day.

05th/May/2016; Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has been awarded the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU) Media Trust Astor Award for its outstanding work in protecting freedom of journalists in Uganda. This year’s Award was announced and presented to HRNJ-Uganda by the Chairman of the CPU Media Trust, Lord Black of Brentwood, at a Conference on