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Minister Tumwebaze’s plan to filter social media threatens free expression

Minister Tumwebaze’s plan to filter social media threatens free expression

By Robert Ssempala HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator. This statement was originally published on the Daily Monitor on 14th June 2017 On May 28, Ugandans gathered at Fort Portal to commemorate the 51st World Communications Day. The day is meant to celebrate the role of communication globally. It was on this day when the Minister of Information

Joy Doreen Biira is received by relatives following her release from Kasese police station, in Western Uganda. :Photo: Courtesy

Journalist charged with abeting terrorism for taking photographs of soldiers

Kasese, 29th/November/2016; Joy Doreen Bbira, a Ugandan journalist working with KTN Television in Kenya, was on the evening of 28th Nov,2016 charged with ‘Abeting terrorism’ after being detained at police for about 24 hours in Kasese in South Western Uganda. On conviction, ultimate sentence for such a crime is death. She together with four family

Human Rights activists protesting the closure of Daily Monitor Publications in 2013

Uganda’s plot to forcefully register journalists riles human rights activists

This statement was originally published on the Sunrise.ug on 25th/June/2016. By Henry Lutaaya The government through the Uganda Media Council recently launched a nation-wide campaign aimed at implementing a widely discredited registration exercise for all journalists in the country. But the Media Council’s drive is being implemented alongside a parallel campaign funded by the United

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

WEB PHOTO: Catherine Byaruhanga BBC news correspondent in Uganda

BBC journalists arrested and interrogated for filming Abim hospital

Abim, 08th February 2016, Catherine Byaruhanga, a BBC news correspondent in Uganda was on February 06th, 2016 arrested by the police in Abim district for allegedly filming Abim hospital without permission of the district security agents, and wanting to report ‘bad news all the time with bad intentions”. She was arrested together with her cameraman,

Uganda’s elections body bans Civil Society media campaign messages citing discomfort from the ruling party

Kampala, 02nd/December/2015: Uganda’s elections body, the Independent Electoral Commission on 30th November, 2015, suspended media houses from airing elections-voter mobilization campaign messages saying that some of their content were anti ruling party but favoring the opposition. The Commission contends that the messages mobilize Ugandans to vote for change at the expense of the ruling party.