Alerts(2013) articles

Prison warders assault journalists, destroy their gadgets

Rakai, 20th/March/2013; Prison warders at Kalisizo government prison assaulted two journalists who were covering news of the escape of over 10 inmates on Monday March 18, 2013 at Kalisizo Town Council in Rakai district. The two journalists Pascal Lutabi a reporter with WBS television and the Daily Monitor and John Bosco Mulyowa who reports for

UCC bows to pressure, extends SIM cards registration deadline

Kampala, 01st/March/2013; Uganda Communications Communication has extended the SIM card registration deadline for 90 days after Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda and Legal Brains Trust (LBT) dragged it to court seeking an injunction not to switch off unregistered subscribers on 1st March 2013. The matter had come up for final disposal before the Deputy Chief Registrar

Court sets date to rule on deactivation of SIM-cards in Uganda

Kampala, 27th/February/2013; The High Court of Uganda will on Friday 1st March 2013 at 11 O’clock decide on the SIM card deactivation deadline following Human rights Network for Journalists-Uganda and Legal Brains Trust Limited application seeking for an interim order stopping the Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC) and the telecommunication companies from switching off unregistered subscribers.

Journalists’ body petitions parliament over media rights

Human Rights Network for journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) petitioned the Human Rights Committee of Parliament on February 26, 2013 over the dismal working environment for the media in Uganda perpetuated by the high levels of impunity. HRNJ-Uganda wants Parliament to be actively involved in the protection, upholding and promotion of the freedom of expression and information in

City Mayor Bans Journalists from Attending Press Conferences.

Kampala, 15th/February/2013; The Lord Mayor of Uganda’s Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Elias Lukwago has suspended journalists working with the Vision Group from covering his press conferences accusing them of biased reporting. The government owned Vision Group runs a number of government owned news papers, television and radio stations. The New Vision, on February 12

Journalist sprayed by police develops strange skin peeling

Kampala, 08th February 2013; A Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) television journalist, William Ntege a.k.a Kyumakyayesu who was sprayed by the police during an arrest in Kampala, has developed a strange skin reaction. It is not clear what substance was used to spray at the journalist. He first complained of an irritating skin, which started peeling

Uganda Communications Communication, government sued over SIM card registration

Kampala, 08th/February/2013; Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and Legal Brains Trust have sued the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over illegalities, irregularities and anomalies that have characterized the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)-card registration exercise. Hearing of the case has been fixed for this month. The duo wants Court to restrain UCC and the Government of