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

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

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

Police officer Joram Mwesigye standing in the dock as the magistrate read his conviction.

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

This statement was originally published on africafex.org 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

Uganda Police patrol parked at The Observer Offices.

Staff of a broken-into media house scared for their lives

Kampala, 03rd/April/2017; On Saturday morning, the 01st April, 2017, it was discovered that unidentified persons had broken into the offices of The Observer newspaper and stolen property including computers and other electronic gadgets worth Uganda Shillings 100 million (USD28,011) in a move that has been described as ‘very sophiscated’. The attackers at The Observer Newspaper

Journalists covering the arrest of opposition members Photo credit: @Daily Monitor Shabibah Nakirigya

Police attacks journalists covering foiled opposition meeting

Kampala, 31st March 2017; Two journalists, Siraji Kiberu of Kingdom Television and Dodoviko Mukasa of Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) radio have been assaulted by the police on Friday 31st March 2017. The journalists were covering the arrest of an opposition Member of Parliament for Mukono Municipality, Betty Nambooze Bakireke. Another journalist Henry Kasomoko of Bukedde

NRM youth supporters convicted of assaulting journalists standing in the dock during court judgement. Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Ruling party youths convicted of assaulting journalists and maliciously damaging their property

Entebbe, 29th/Mar/2017; Five youth supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have been found guilty of assaulting three Entebbe-based journalists thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and maliciously damaging their property contrary to sections 335 and 236 of the Penal Code Act respectively. “The accused persons had the intention of stopping journalists from

Journalists with HRNJ-Uganda lawyer(2nd left) after court had acquitted them Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Court acquits four journalists of criminal defamation charges

Kampala, 16th/ March/2017; The Chief Magistrates Court at Buganda Road has acquitted four journalists of criminal defamation and convicted the source of defamatory information. Madina Nalwanga, Patrick Tumwesigye of New Vision and Benon Tugumiisirize, Ronald Nahabwe formerly of Red Pepper were found not “criminally liable” for what was published and had no intention to defame

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

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