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HRNJ-UGANDA STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS AND BANNING OF PRESS CONFERENCES.

HRNJ-UGANDA STATEMENT ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, SAFETY OF JOURNALISTS AND BANNING OF PRESS CONFERENCES.

Since the outbreak of the CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) in different countries of the world and subsequently Uganda, several measures have been undertaken to contain its spread and therefore minimize the extent of the scourge. We should all observe the health guidelines as put in place. The journalists/ Media have played a very important part in trying

James Odongo Akia (2nd left) with relatives after court had granted him bail

Vision Group journalist James Odongo Akia granted bail by the High Court in Soroti

Soroti, 13th/March/2020; The High Court in Soroti presided over by His Lordship Wilson Musene Musalu has on the 13th March, granted bail bond to Vision Group Journalist and sub-Editor attached to Etop Newspaper James Odongo Akia. The Journalist was granted a cash bail of UGX 200,000/- and his sureties a non-cash bail of UGX 1,000,000/-. James

Vision Group Editor remanded over Defamation Charges

Kumi, 10th/March/2020; The Magistrates Court in Kumi presided over by Her Worship Lamunu Peace has on 10th Tuesday, remanded Vision Group Journalist and sub-Editor James Odongo Akia attached to Etop Newspaper to Kumi Government Prison on charges of Cyber harassment, computer misuse and defamation. James was arrested on Thursday 5th March 2020 and briefly taken to

Moses Bwayo (centre) stands in the dock at the Makindye Magistrate Court. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

Court in Makindye has charged a journalist, Moses Bwayo, with an Unlawful assembly

Kampala, 05th March 2020: Bwayo, aged 30years, a resident of Upper Kisugu, Makindye Division in Kampala district appeared before Grade 1 Magistrate Jude Okumu Wednesday afternoon and charged with unlawful assembly along with eight others. The prosecution alleges that on the 24th February 2020, at Nsambya Police Barracks in Makindye Division, Kampala district, Bwayo along

Ugandan police harass and detain journalists covering opposition politician Bobi Wine

This story was originally published on the CPJ.ORG website on 14 January 2020. Nairobi, January 14, 2020 — Ugandan police should drop all charges against journalist Willy Tamale and cease harassing reporters for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On January 6, police in central Uganda’s Wakiso district detained four journalists

Security Operatives Storm FDC office confiscate Journalists’ Gadgets

Kasese, 22nd/November/2019; Security operatives on November 20, 2019, stormed and ransacked the office of opposition political party the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) in Kasese District, South Western Uganda confiscating journalists’ gadgets and taking with them documents from the office. The confiscated items include two smartphones belonging to Eric Mwesigye and his trainee a one

Mbarara Court Reinstates Journalist’s Case

Mbarara, 18th/November/2019; The High Court in Mbarara presided over by Justice Joyce Kavuma on November 14, 2019, reinstated Damba Wiziri’s case against Amanya Jordan which had been dismissed on 11th September 2019 for want of prosecution. This came after Counsel Jonathan Bwagi representing Damba Wiziri on behalf of HRNJ-Uganda filed an application seeking leave of

Journalists marching to Naguru police headquarters to petition the Inspector General of Police Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Police teargas, arrests journalists delivering petition to police boss over brutality

Kampala 4th November 2019; Police in Kampala arrested a number of journalists who were delivering a petition to the Inspector General of Police on 4th November 2019. The journalists were protesting the continued violation of their rights by the Uganda Police Force. Some of the journalists arrested include among others, Moses Mulondo the leader of

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