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Military Police beat-up journalists covering NUP’s Kyagulanyi while delivering Petition to UNOHCR over Human Rights Violations

Military Police beat-up journalists covering NUP’s Kyagulanyi while delivering Petition to UNOHCR over Human Rights Violations

Kampala 18th February 2021; About 10 journalists are nursing injuries after they were assaulted by the military police personnel who were hell-bent on stopping them from covering the delivery of a petition against growing heinous human rights abuses by the Uganda Government to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner for Human

High Court quashes Media Council of Uganda’s directive to register journalists

Kampala, 19th/January/2021; The High Court of Uganda at Kampala quashed the directives of the Media Council of Uganda to have all journalists accredited to be allowed to cover the 2021 elections and other State events. This was after the Editors’ Guild of Uganda and Centre for Public Interest Law dragged the Media Council of Uganda

Army arrests journalist while covering the felling of trees from Bugoma Central Forest Reserve

Kikuube, 22nd October 2020; Gad Asaba, a freelance journalist with Kazi-Nzema, an online News Agency was on Thursday afternoon arrested by men clad in the Uganda Peoples Defense Force( UPDF) uniform while covering the felling of trees at Bugoma Forest Reserve in Kikuube district, Mid-Western Uganda. Agaba alongside three other journalists to wit; Andrew Kaahwa

BBS TV journalist Tamale William being arrested by police officers in 2018 Photo Credit: Abubaker Lubowa

Six journalists arrested by police at Makerere University over a foreign students story

Police have arrested six journalists at Makerere University who had been invited to cover a story of foreign students who are still locked down at the university reportedly under deplorable conditions.  The journalists are Sanya Emmanuel Mango, Grace Namubiru, and Godwin Kaiza all of Record TV, Muyingo Joseph of Delta TV, Jaliat Namuwaya of Bukedde

Police release Vision Group journalist on bond.

Kamuli, 22nd/April/2020; Police in Kamuli released Gwebayanga Tom, a Vision Group Correspondent in Buyende district on 22nd April 2020 after spending a night in a police cell at Kamuli Central Police Station, with charges of spreading harmful propaganda under case file no. CRB 436/2020. He is to report back on 1st May 2020. When Gwebayanga


HRNJ-Uganda is deeply saddened by the rampant attacks against journalists in the line of duty ever since the President’s directives on curbing COVID-19  on 18th March 2020. At least seven journalists in different parts of the country have been assaulted leaving them with injuries and admitted to medical centers. Julius Ocungi, the Uganda Radio Network

Security Operatives Storm FDC office confiscate Journalists’ Gadgets

Kasese, 22nd/November/2019; Security operatives on November 20, 2019, stormed and ransacked the office of opposition political party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Kasese District, South Western Uganda confiscating journalists’ gadgets and taking with them documents from the office. The confiscated items include two smartphones belonging to Eric Mwesigye and his trainee a one

Police disrupt University students’ press conference, teargas journalists

Makerere, 25th October 2019; Over fifteen (15) journalists who were covering a press conference convened by the Guild Council leaders of Makerere University have been teargassed and beaten by the police as they forced them out of the University campus. The journalists say that the attack on them was on the directives of the Vice-Chancellor