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Fighting Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Uganda: A Glimpse of Hope

Fighting Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Uganda: A Glimpse of Hope

This statement was originally published on on 7 April 2017. A number of freedom of expression violators have recently been prosecuted for abusing journalists and media professionals carrying out their legitimate duty in Uganda. The freedom of expression environment in Uganda deteriorated sharply in 2016 which was also an election year. Incidents of physical

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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

HRNJ-Uganda officials addressing journalists at a press confernce Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Media rights body wants Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal against lenient sentence

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda has promised to assist the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal against the sentence of a fine against the police officer who gruesomely attacked a journalist in 2014. Addressing journalists at Hotel Triangle today in Kampala, the National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala said: “We shall assist Andrew Lwanga in all ways possible

Journalists during a training session Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo


By Josephine Ndibalekara Over fifty Journalists in Central Uganda have benefited from a three day training on ethical conduct and professionalism organized by Human Rights Network for Journalists- Uganda. During the training, aimed at improving the ethical conduct, journalists were equipped with knowledge and skills about journalism ethics. The training that took place on 15th

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Principal Judge directs on journalists’ treason case

Principal Judge directs on journalists’ treason case The Principal Judge, Dr Yorakamu Bamwine, has directed the Deputy Registrar, High Court Criminal Division, “circumstances allowing” to set a hearing date for the treason charges against Augustine Okello, a Rhino FM journalist. “…the Deputy Registrar Criminal Division is requested to take note of your concerns and, circumstances

HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala addressing journalists from Eastern Uganda during a 2 days workshop Photo: Magambo Emmanuel

Media rights body cautions journalists against registering with the Media Council of Uganda

Journalists have been urged not to accept to be licensed by the Media Council because it is illegitimate and pushing for unclear agendas, saying that all such acts are on the wrong side of history. “Don’t surrender your rights to a body which is poorly constituted and therefore illegitimate. I invite you to stand up

L-R)Esther Nyangoma (state attorney), Harriet Nalukenge (State Attorney) and the senior state attorney Jeffrey Atwiine who are opposing the petition at the EACJ. Photo: Haruna

Regional court grants permission to 20 organizations to join criminal defamation case

The struggle to strike off criminal defamation from East African statute books was on Tuesday 28 June 2016 enhanced by the regional court in Arusha Tanzania. Five judges of First Instance Division of the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) agreed to accept the application of twenty media and human rights organization within Uganda and

A panel discussion between judciary,Uganda police, Uganda Human Rights Commission and the journalists in Western Region of Uganda. Photo:Magambo Emmanuel

Don’t relent your freedoms

Journalists and media practitioners should not surrender their rights by engaging in backdoor negotiations with their tormentors. “We should not relent on our freedoms, we should not go for back door settlements with our tormentors,” the Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda national coordinator, Robert Ssempala said in May 2016 during a three day journalists training