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Message from Director -General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

Message from Director -General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

This message was originally published on UNESCO website on 2 November 2018 It has been five years since the United Nations began commemorating International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. This day provides an opportunity to assess how we respond to the security problems faced by journalists as they carry out their investigative

A police officer pulling a journalist Kenneth Kazibwe at Naguru police headquarters.

MEDIA TO BOYCOTT POLICE EVENTS.

Journalists have on the 19th April 2018 are contemplating to take major steps against on going infringement of media freedoms by the police among which is a peaceful boycott of all police events. This immanent move is in response to continued violation of their rights particularly in relation to denied access to news scenes by

HRNJ-Uganda Welcomes Recommendations from UNESCO for UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

HRNJ-Uganda Welcomes Recommendations from UNESCO for UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity On July 6, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released its draft recommendations for strengthening mechanisms to protect the safety and rights of journalists and end impunity across the world. The UNESCO

Freed Journalist Mungu Richard Jakisa (left) shaking hands with HRNJ-Uganda' Lawyer Kenneth Ntende (2nd left) and Gracie Smith - a New York University law student trainee at HRNJ-Uganda at Lira Magistrates Court.

Court Dismisses Charges against Lira based Journalist

LIRA, 08th /June/2017; Lira Magistrates Court has dismissed for want of prosecution a case of defacement of notices and campaign posters of President Museveni against Mungu Richard Jakisa, a Radio North journalist in Lira District in Northern Uganda. “I agree with counsel for the accused persons that the accused persons have been appearing before this honorable

Uganda police in brutal arrest of journalists on world Press Freedom Day

Kampala, 04th May, 2017: As Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate The World Press Freedom Day through different activities; some journalists were arrested by the police and kept in the cells for trying to organize parallel activities to those of their association, the Uganda Journalists Association (UJA). The arrested journalists included; Phillip

Joram Mwesigye the police officer accused of assaulting a journalist inside the court room Photo Credit: Francis Tumwekwasize

Court orders police officer to defend himself over assaulting a TV journalist

Kampala, 18th/November/2016; Buganda Road Court has on 18th November 2016, ordered the former Old Kampala District Police Commander, Joram Mwesigye to defend himself against charges of assaulting a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) TV journalist Andrew Lwanga. The Presiding Grade One Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu ruled that she perused the evidence of  the six (6) prosecution witnesses

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Court grants last adjournment in a police case against journalist

Kampala, 18th/Nov/2016; The Chief Magistrates Court at Mengo on 18th/11/2016 adjourned the case against Makumbi Joseph, a journalist working with the Vision Group. The matter had come up for further hearing; however the State Attorney told Court that she had no witnesses. Makumbi, through his Lawyers Ntende Kenneth from HRNJ-Uganda and Kirabira Tonny from the

Battered journalist suffering two years after attack

This statement was originally published on Doha Centre for Media Freedom on 20/10/2016 Story by Halima Athumani Ugandan journalist Andrew Lwanga, incapacitated with a spinal injury two years ago, is still seeking for both treatment and justice. In 2015 the Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) Uganda registered 143 cases of assault, including Lwanga’s injury. On

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