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Court remands two Online journalists for three weeks

Court remands two Online journalists for three weeks

Kampala, 27th/May/2021; Court at Buganda Road has this afternoon 27th May 2021 remanded two journalists to wit Pidson Kareire and Darious Magara of the Drone Media and the East African Watch respectively to Kitalya Prison on charges of criminal libel contrary to section 179 of the Penal Code Act. The journalists who were appearing before

Pidson Kareire, a Drone Media Journalist Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Court adjourns defamation case against Drone Media journalist

Kampala, 1st /July /2019; Makindye Chief Magistrates Court has adjourned a case in which Pidson Kareire, a Drone Media Journalist is accused of criminal libel and offensive communication by Middle East Consultants Limited, a labor export company in Uganda. This was after counsel for Middle East Consultants Limited Charles Nsubuga of Muwema & Co. Advocates

Journalist Pidson Kareire shortly after his release at Makindye Magistrates Court


Kampala, 14th/June/2019; Court in Makindye has on the 14th June 2019 charged a Drone Media journalist Pidson Kareire with criminal libel and offensive communication contrary to sections 179 and 25 of the Penal Code Act and Computer Misuse act respectively. Middle East Consultants Limited, a labor export company dragged Pidson to court by private prosecution

East African Court of Justice hears applications filed by Attorney General and Media Legal Defence Initiative

Arusha, 13th /February/2019; Hearing of two consolidated applications filed by the Attorney General (A.G) of Uganda and the Media Legal Defense Initiative (MLDI) together with 19 other Organizations commenced on 12th February at the East African Court of Justice. In the first application (Appn No. 4 of 2018) , the A.G sought Leave of Court

L-R Milton, Taddeo Ssenyonyi, Atwine Bob, Robert Ssempala, Andrew Irumba, Ramond Wamala and Akera Derick Otim at CIID headquarters after journalists had recorded their statments Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Police interrogates journalists at CIID Headquarters

Kibuli 24th May, 2018; Four journalists appeared at the Criminal Investigations Directorate Headquarters Kibuli on 22nd May 2018 following the summons that were issued by Mr. Kototyo William, the Director of Cyber and Financial Crimes. Andrew Irumba, Bob Atwine, Taddeo Ssenyonyi, John Njoroge of Spy Uganda, Spy Reports, Business Focus and CEO Magazine respectively were

Chowoo Willy at a media forum in Dar es salaam (Web photo)

RDC orders for radio closure as Gulu based journalist is charged with criminal libel

Gulu, 15th February 2018; The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Gulu District in Northern Uganda Capt. Santos Okot Lapolo on 13th February 2018 recommended the closure of Radio Maria, a Catholic owned media house on allegations that it was causing disunity among the people. In a letter addressed to the Minister for ICT & National

Sadat Waligo of Red Pepper in prison uniform while on remand at Kakondo Prison in 2016

Lyantonde Based Journalist Acquitted of Criminal Defamation Charge

Lyantonde, 18th /September/ 2017; Sadat Waligo, a Correspondent of Red Pepper newspaper in Lyantonde District  was acquitted of the charges of criminal defamation by Lyantonde Magistrates Court. “I find that the Prosecution did not prove or place the accused person on the scene of crime in participation yet every element of the offence has to be proved

L-R is Richard Kayiira, Diana Nandudu (HRNJ-Uganda Lawyer) and Tony Kirabira (New Vision Group Lawyer) standing outside at the Media Crimes department CID head quarters in Kibuli EmmanuelMagambo

Police extends bond for journalists charged with offensive communication and Criminal Libel

Kampala, 22nd/aug/2017; The Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has renewed bond for a Bukedde News Paper Editor Richard Kayiira and the Kampala Sun Reporter Musa Ssemwanga to Tuesday 29th August 2017. The duo who appeared at CID at Kibuli in Kampala on 15th August 2017 for interrogation were charged with Offensive Communication contrary to section 25