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Journalists slap media black-out on police due to heightened brutality

Journalists slap media black-out on police due to heightened brutality

For Immediate Release 31st/October/2019 Following persistent and deliberate attacks on journalists while on duty by armed forces, mainly the Uganda Police Force, at Makerere University, journalists have declared a media black-out on the police until the safety and security of journalists covering news in spaces manned by the police is guaranteed. Since October 22, 2019,

Threatening calls, Blackmail of journalists and Progress of the Army towards apprehending the soldiers who “molested” journalists

                                      28th/August/2018 Press Release Threatening calls: Human Rights Network for journalists-Uganda has received complaints from some journalists who covered the Arua by-elections alleging threats to their lives, accusing them of promoting the opposition. This is a very unfortunate development which is certainly intended to create fear within the media to shy away from giving the

L-R Otim Derick HRNJ-Uganda Lawyer, Robert Ssempala Executive Director and Alfred Ochwo a victim journalist of Army brutality during press conference. Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

HRNJ-Uganda Condemns brutal attacks on journalists by security agents

PRESS STATEMENT Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), as an organization at the forefront of defending and promoting freedom of expression, information and the media condemns in the strongest terms possible, the current wave of attacks on journalists in the line of duty in Uganda as witnessed during the Arua Municipality by-elections and the Free-Bobi-Wine

HRNJ-Uganda Executive Director Robert Ssempala reading a statement at the press conference held at Hotel Triangle Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo


Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) condemns the unabated attack on journalists covering the political campaigns for the Arua Municipality Parliamentary by-elections. On 13th Aug, 2018, NTV journalists Herbert Zziwa and Ronald Muwanga were arrested while on duty and detained at Arua police, their gadgets were confiscated. They were driven miles away to Gulu the

BBS TV journalist Tamale George William being manhandled by two police officers

Press statement on the continuous attack on the media by security agencies

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), wishes to express concern over the continued attack on media freedom and the rights of journalists in Uganda by state agencies. We notice with dismay several actions by security personnel lately have been infringing on freedom of expression and press freedom. We wish to note that, most of these

L-R HRNJ-Uganda Board Chairperson Julius Esegu, HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator Robert Ssempala and the Executive Director of HURINET Muhammed Ndifuna at the breakfast meeting on Media Strategic Planning Meeting Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo


Human Rights Network for Journalist-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) under the project ‘Bolstering professional capacities to deter safety and security threats and risks’, focuses on enhancing the professional capacities of journalists in Uganda with the view of strengthening their safety and security. Owing to that, HRNJ-Uganda held a media strategic planning meeting on 12th December 2017 at Imperial

L-R Robert Sempala(HRNJ-Uganda National Coordinator) and Moses Magoola (Programmes Manager HRNJ-Uganda) during a press conference held at Hotel Triangle in Kampala Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Quizzing of News Editors by Parliament presents grave challenges to freedom of expression and democracy

PRESS STATEMENT: Human Rights Network for journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is deeply concerned by the conduct of Parliament of Uganda resorting to the offence of “Contempt of Parliament” and invoking “Parliamentary privilege” as weapons or threats to discourage positive constructive criticism from the Media. We note that in resorting to this regressive legal inheritance of the offence

Police Chief Kale Kayihura must stop blaming the media for the Pforce’ brutality

Press Statement: Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) with great concern condemn in the strongest terms, the ever growing tendency of the police leadership imposing unfounded accusations against the media whenever the force is reported about being engaged in unprofessional conduct in the course of its work. On 12th July 2016, police men, army and