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UCC’s action on radio Hoima unwarranted

UCC’s action on radio Hoima unwarranted

This statement was originally published on the Daily Monitor on 19 June 2017 The Uganda Communications Commission’s recent move to take Radio Hoima off air for two days was an abuse of media freedom and the right to free expression. The move raises serious concerns on the manner in which UCC is exercising its powers.


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

Stella Nyanzi seated in the dock during a court session

Court Blocks Journalists From Covering Nyanzi’s Case

This statement was originally published on Daily Monitor on 26 April 2017. By Betty Ndagire High Court Judge, Elizabeth Kabanda, who is hearing the case of Makerere University academician Dr Stella Nyanzi has ordered journalists out of her chambers. Justice Kabanda on Wednesday ordered journalists out after Dr Nyanzi appeared before her for review of

Dr. Stella Nyanzi seated in the dock during a court session.

Uganda: Government must safeguard freedom of expression after arrest and attack

This statement was originally published on Article 19 website on 18 April 2017. ARTICLE 19 is concerned by the recent abduction, torture, arrest, and prosecution of a journalist and academic exercising their right to freedom of expression. On 7 April 2017 Dr Stella Nyanzi, an academic, poet and social media user, was arrested and prosecuted

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Trump’s ‘War With the Media’ Makes Independent Courts More Necessary Than Ever

This statement was originally published on PEN AMERICA website on 3/April/2017. President Trump’s threats to “open up” libel laws have global implications for freedom of the media across the globe, especially in Africa. We, a media lawyer from London, an international human rights lawyer, and a human rights lawyer from Uganda, have joined forces to

UNESCO’s General Conference, at its 36th session, proclaimed World Radio Day on 13 February.

This statement was originally published under History of Radio. UNESCO’s Executive Board recommended to the General Conference the proclamation of World Radio Day, on the basis of a feasibility study undertaken by UNESCO, further to a proposal from Spain. Radio is the mass media reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a

The Dangerous Six: Dangerous Topics for Journalists

A number of topics pose particular risks for journalists, who can face threats, imprisonment, and even brutal violence for attempting to cover them. The dangers of reporting on national security and terrorism are well documented, but the following six topics also stand out. Organized crime: From Central America to South Asia, journalists take their lives