Freedom of Expression articles

In defense of Uganda’s Red Pepper

In defense of Uganda’s Red Pepper

This statement is originally published on Committee to Protect Journalists website on 13 December 2017 By Angela Quintal, CPJ Africa Program Coordinator CPJ has included eight staffers of the controversial Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper in its 2017 global census of imprisoned journalists. Some may disagree with that decision. After all, Red Pepper arguably endangered the

L-R HRNJ-Uganda Board Chairperson Julius Esegu, HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala and the Executive Director of HURINET Muhammed Ndifuna at the breakfast meeting on Media Strategic Planning Meeting Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo


Human Rights Network for Journalist-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) under the project ‘Bolstering professional capacities to deter safety and security threats and risks’, focuses on enhancing the professional capacities of journalists in Uganda with the view of strengthening their safety and security. Owing to that, HRNJ-Uganda held a media strategic planning meeting on 12th December 2017 at Imperial

Freedom of Expression Online under Attack in Tanzania

This statement was originally published on on 20th/Semptember/2016. Freedom of expression online is under attack in Tanzania as the Government abuses legal and judicial processes to suppress critical voices on the Internet, in violation of regional and international human rights standards. In a recent example, five Tanzanian internet users were on September 14, 2016 arraigned

Hearing of criminal defamation case continues, as Parliamentary reporters academic suit commences.

Kampala, 28th /April /2016; Further hearing of a criminal defamation case in which four journalists; Ronald Nahebwa, Benon Tugumisirize, Madina Nalwanga and Patrick Tumwesige are accused of defaming city tycoons Ephraim Ntaganda and Drake Lubega continued on 28th /April/2016 with the second prosecution witness Serugo Denis Richard adducing evidence. During cross examination by four lawyers, Serugo told

Global rights bodies petition the US Government, UN and European Union to intervene in the worsening media situation in Uganda during the elections

IFEX, 19th February, 2016; Over 140 international media rights bodies have called on the United States government, the United Nations and European Union to use their diplomatic channels to bear pressure on the Ugandan authorities to ensure the that fundamental rights and freedoms of journalists, the civil society and politicians are respected in the ongoing

City tycoon ‘fails’ to pin journalists in a criminal  defamation case.

Kampala, 27th/January/2016; Hearing of a criminal defamation case in which four journalists Ronald Nahebwa, Benon Tugumisirize, Madina Nalwanga are accused of  defaming city tycoons continued on  27th /January/2016 with one of the  prosecution witnesses Ephraim Ntaganda revealing that he never complained to police about the journalists. Ntaganda who was cross-examined by four lawyers, told court that

Police arrest four journalists and a musician who was protesting the unauthorized use of his song by a telecommunication company.

Kampala, 19th/January/2016: Four journalists and a local artist were on 18th Jan/2016, arrested and detained at Jinja Road police in Kampala for over seven hours. Eddie Muhumuza of Hub for Investigative Media (HIM), Kenson Bugembe and Mohamed Safe from Uganda Media Center, were arrested for taking pictures of, Kaweesa Richard as he demanded payment of

Police assault journalists, damage camera

Moroto, 12th/Jan/2016; A high profile police commander in Moroto District, Goerge Obia, on January 10th, 2016 roughed up four journalists, damaging a video camera and confiscating three others amidst threats to shoot them if they did not heed his orders. The journalists, Galiwango Ronald of NTV, Kenneth Oryema of New Vision, Arnest Kyazze from Bukedde