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Red Pepper journalists standing in the dock at Buganda Road Court during their bail application hearing

Court remands the red pepper directors and editors for two more weeks

Court remands the red pepper directors and editors for two more weeks

Kampala, 06th/December/2017: The jailed  five (5) Red Pepper Directors and three (3) senior Editors have been sent back on remand at Luzira prison for another two weeks until the 19th/ December 2017. The eight were first sent on remand at Luzira prison last week over charges of allegedly publishing information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication to

Redpepper Editor and Directors standing in the dock during a court session at Buganda Road Magistrates court Photo credit: Francis Tumwekwasize

Red Pepper Directors and Editors charged with seven counts and remanded to prison

Kampala, 27th November 2017, After a week in detention at Nalufenya, a hardcore criminal detention center, the five Directors and three Editors of the Red Pepper publications have been charged before the Buganda Road Court with seven counts including publication of information prejudicial to national security, libel and offensive communication. The charged Directors include, Arinaitwe

Outside the offices of Redpepper publications Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Red Pepper publications still under siege, its Directors and Editors in detention at Nalufenya

Mukono, 23rd Nov 2017; The Red Pepper publications premises are still under siege for the third day and five Directors and three Editors are detained at the much feared Nalufenya detention centre as they continue to undergo rigorous interrogations. The security forces have also searched their respective homes. On the evening of Tuesday 21st November

Stanley Ndawula speaking to journalists after his release

Court releases the Investigator journalists after a week in police detention

Kampala, 06th/November, 2017; The Kampala City Hall Magistrate’s court has on 06th/November/2017, released on bail journalists Stanley Ndawula and Robert Ndawula the CEO and Business Manager of the Investigator an online news agency respectively after seven days of detention in police cells at Kiira Road Police in Kampala Stanley Ndawula’s lawyer, Friday Kagoro told court

Ndawula Stanley CEO of the Investigator

Court orders police to charge or release two investigative journalists

Kampala, 04th/ November/2017; Court in Kampala has ordered the police to produce to court or immediately release unconditionally two journalists Stanley Ndawula and Robert Ndawula of the Investigator an online publication. The duo has been in detention since 30th October, 2017 which is beyond the mandatory 48 hour rule. The order was issued in the

HRNJ-Uganda Lawyer Diana Nandudu(extreme left) standing with journalists at KiraRoad Police Station

Police Arrests and detains HRNJ-Uganda’s Board member and Lawyer

Kampala, 3rd/November/2017; Police at Kira Road police station arrested Francis Tumwekwasize’s, a Board member for HRNJ-Uganda and Diana Nandudu, HRNJ-Uganda’s lawyer on 1st /November/2017. The duo were detained for more than three hours and made to record police statements. The O.C CID, Neboshi sophie blamed Francis for taking pictures at the said police station. Francis

UCC Shutdown Radio Station for two days, orders suspension of senior staff.

Kanungu, 24th October, 2017; On Saturday 21st October 2017, Uganda’s Telecommunication regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) shutdown a private radio station, Kanungu Broadcasting Services Ltd. (KBS) on allegations of breaching the minimum broadcasting standards. The KBS Radio Director, Mr. Charles Byaruhanga says UCC did not tell them the exact reason for the closure, “They

(L-R) Daily Monitor’ Executive Editor, Charles Odoobo Bichachi with his lawyer James Nangwara outside Media Crimes Unit at the Criminal Investigations Department in Kibuli Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Police quizzes and charges newspaper editors over Presidential Age Limit stories

Kampala, 16/ October/2017; Two Ugandan newspaper editors quizzed by the police’ Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) over age limit budget stories. Daily Monitor’ Executive Editor, Charles Odoobo Bichachi and Red Pepper’ Deputy News Editor Kintu Richard were on 16th Oct, 2017 quizzed for over three hours each. They were both charged with ‘Offensive Communication/ Libel’ and

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