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Journalists from Mukono surrounding a man who is said to have beaten one Madiina Sebayla. Photo: Kalumba Ronald

Journalist assaulted at Court for covering land case

Journalist assaulted at Court for covering land case

Mukono, 2nd /September/2016; Madiinah Ssebyala, of Bukedde Paper was on 31st August 2016 assaulted by one Kasagga Swaibu who further threatened to inflict her with more harm if she continues to cover a land case where he accuses Kenneth Mukiibi of selling to him land and failing to offer the land title. “As I was

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

(L-R)Daily Monitor Lawyer James Nangwala, company Secretary Timothy Ntale, Alex Atuhaire (victim) and HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala outside the CIID headquarters/ Photo: Alex Sagala

HRNJ-Uganda Alert; Police quiz associate Daily Monitor Editor over a news story on Western Uganda Killings

Kampala, 05th/May/2016; The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CIID) on May 4th 2016, interrogated Daily Monitor’s Associate Editor, Alex Atuhaire for about three hours over a news story published in the daily paper on April 5, about the mass killings in the Rwenzori sub-region, in Western Uganda. This was after the Defence Minister, Dr. Crispus Kiyonga reported

Access to Information in Africa- AFEX Urges Governments to do more Read more at:

This statement was originally posted on on 3rd May 2016. As the World marks Press Freedom Day today under the theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is your Right!”, the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) network wishes to highlight the situation of Access to Information (ATI) on the continent. Access to Information

Bahati Remmy (yellow browse) being held by police officer in Kasaganti Photo: NTV

Female journalist covering opposition leader arrested by police.

Kasangati, 1st March 2016; Remmy Bahati a journalist with NBS Television was arrested on March 1st 2016 by the Uganda Police Force as she relayed live events that were unfolding at the road leading to the home of opposition politician and former presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest at his home

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.

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.

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