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Mourners attend the funeral of Emmanuel Arituha, a security guard killed by assailants in an attack on the Ugandan non-governmental organization Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) in May 2016.

Uganda: Investigate Break-ins at Groups’ Offices

Uganda: Investigate Break-ins at Groups’ Offices

Pattern of Attacks Indicates Perpetrators Enjoy Impunity This statement was originally published on Human Rights Watch website on 13/June/2016. (Kampala) – The Uganda Police Force (UPF) should promptly, thoroughly, and transparently investigate a series of attacks on Ugandan non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders and hold suspects accountable, 31 Ugandan and international human rights groups said today

Court grants permission to serve NRM official in News Papers over assault case.

Masaka, 8th/June/2016; Court at Masaka has granted permission to serve the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party official through News Papers, to respond to a case where he was sued for assaulting a journalist in May 2015. Rogers Mulindwa, the Party Electoral Commission spokesperson was sued in March 2016 by a journalist, Eddie Bindhe of

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni swearing in as President of the Republic of Uganda

AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

This statement was originally published on on 30 May 2016. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations on the continent, has petitioned Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, calling on him to make a commitment to protect and defend free speech in the face of the deteriorating freedom of

Government blocks social media as police shoots at, assaults, arrests and detains journalists a day to the president’ swearing in.

Kampala, 13th/May/2016; Government has switched of social media platforms in Uganda ahead of the swearing in of President Yoweri Museveni, after the 18th Feb, 2016 disputed elections, which saw the incumbent,t who has been in power since 1986, win against seven (7) other contenders. This is the second time social media platforms are being switched

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

Police officers push journalists away from FDC presidential candidate Kizza Besigye’s home recently. PHOTO by Abubaker Lubowa.

Govt draws media into Museveni, Besigye fight

This article was originally p The Cabinet pronouncement banning live broadcasts of the “defiance campaign” placed the media right at the centre of the fight between President Museveni and Dr Kizza Besigye, prompting reactions from different circles. The ban was announced yesterday by Information minister Jim Muhwezi, in a high profile press conference that was

(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