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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

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

Robert SSempala addressing a press conference Photo: Emmanuel Magambo

Uganda: State attacks on media must stop

This statement was originally published on observer.org 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

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

After disputed Uganda election, journalists fear prolonged crackdown

This Statement was originally published on cpj.org on 29th/February/2016. Twenty nine-year-old photographer Abubaker Lubowa was excited when he was assigned to cover the campaign of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. He told CPJ he did not anticipate that the assignment would mean he would make the news almost as often as he covered it. On February

A journalist runs in front of riot police in Kampala, Uganda, 15 February 2016 REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic

“Will I get hurt?” Questions journalists covering Uganda’s elections are likely asking

This statement was originally published on ifex.org on 16 February 2016. Journalists ask questions. That’s their job. But their questions should never have to be about whether they can safely report on a matter in the public interest, or whether they will make it out of an election period alive. Donald Trump is arguably the most

Freedom of expression must be defended during Uganda’s elections, says IFEX

This statement was originally published on ifex.org on 16 February 2016. The IFEX network calls on the international community to pressure the incumbent government of Uganda to end its crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly during the election period and beyond. ATTN: Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Federica

Press Crackdown Is Likely to Worsen

This statement is originally published on Inter Press Service KAMPALA, Uganda, Feb 5 2016 (IPS) – On October 2015, the day that Ugandan journalist Enoch Matovu, 25, was allegedly shot by the police for simply “doing my job”, the police had “run out of tear gas”, he claimed. “So they had to use live bullets,” this

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