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East African court sets new date for criminal defamation case

East African court sets new date for criminal defamation case

The East African Court of Justice in Arusha will on 12th November, 2015 resume the hearing of a case challenging Uganda’s criminal defamation law. According to the hearing notice issued on 21st September 2015, the Registrar of the Court said the case will be heard at 9.30am at Arusha by a panel of five judges

Court dismisses Criminal Defamation case against Journalist

Human Rights Network for Journalists–Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is delighted that an independent journalist, Timothy Kalyegira Nyakahuuma, has finally regained his freedom after five years of battling with criminal defamation trial where he was accused of defaming the President of Uganda. On 30th September 2015, the Grade One Magistrate at City Hall Court, Kampala Moses Nabende dismissed

Counter Terrorism Police arrest journalist

Kampala, 24th /September/2015; The Counter Terrorism Police, yesterday 23rd,September,2015 arrested a journalist from a court room in Kampala, detained him for one and a half hours accusing him of indulging in “ work that is not his”. He was released without any charges. Derrick Kiyonga a court reporter with the Observer newspaper was arrested at

Senior Community Development Officer assaults journalist

Jinja 19th/September/2015; Shamshad Naluggya, a Bukedde TV journalist, was yesterday assaulted by the Njeru Town Council Senior Community Development Officer, Joyce Guleeta, accusing her of recording a meeting without her knowledge. Naluggya had gone to cover a meeting that had been called to follow up a complaint filed by a group of disadvantaged students who

Medical practitioner testifies in journalist’s assault case.

Kampala, 15th September 2015; further hearing of a case in which a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) Journalist, Andrew Lwanga was allegedly assaulted by Joram Mwesigye, the former Division Police Commander of Old Kampala Police Station continued today at the Chief Magistrates Court of Buganda Road., with the medical doctor Nuwamanya Emmanuel giving his evidence. In

Journalists charged with criminal defamation released from prison after six days.

Kampala, 20th/August/2015;  Two Red Pepper journalists were on 19th August released almost a week later since they were remanded to Luzira after failing to pay a cash bail of 2 million Uganda shillings (USD571) each. Nahabwe Ronald and Tugumisiirize Benon were on August 13th , 2015 charged with criminal defamation before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate,

Journalists charged with criminal defamation, remanded to prison for declining to implicate their source

Kampala, 17th/August/2015; Four journalists were on 13th August, this year charged with criminal defamation at the Buganda Road court in Kampala. The four -two from a daily tabloid the Red Pepperand two others from the New Vision all denied the charges and applied for bail. The case was opened against the journalists by two city

State House orders Journalist to delete Mbabazi’s congratulatory message from magazine and apologize.

Kiruhura, 05th/August/2015; The Managing Director of Eshato Publications Limited, Pison Mugizi has been ordered to delete Mbabazi’s congratulatory message from a consecration magazine of the new Bishop of the North Ankole Diocese, Nathan Namanya. Information obtained by Human Rights Network for Journalist-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) indicates that this occurred at a meeting convened by the Diocesan Secretary

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