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Ugandan government withdraws appeal in a defamation case in the East African Court of Justice, Arusha

Ugandan government withdraws appeal in a defamation case in the East African Court of Justice, Arusha

Arusha, 10th August 2018, The Attorney General of Uganda has withdrawn an appeal filed on 4th January 2018 at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha Tanzania challenging the decision of the court of First Instance allowing the Media Legal Defence Initiative and 19 other Organizations to be joined as amici curiae (friends of

Vision Group Journalist files complaint at Sheema Police Station

Damba Wiziri, a Vision Group journalist based in Mbarara District filed a complaint of assault, simple robbery and threatening violence at Sheema Police Station vide SD REF. 49/01/2018 on the 1st August, 2018. The suspects in the matter are Robert Baijuka, Charles Tashorora, Godwin Arikwera and Coled Twesigye. Damba told the HRNJ-Uganda team that visited

Journalist files assault case against police officer

Kampala, July 20th, 2018. Ronald Kasasa, a journalist working with Vision Group filed an assault case at Jinja Road Police Station where he accuses a police officer of allegedly assaulting him. Ronald was accompanied by the Vision Group lawyer Tony Raymond Kirabira, HRNJ-Uganda Executive Director Robert Ssempala, Programme Officer Nandudu Diana. The case is registered

AFEX Urges Zambia Government to Adopt Multi-Stakeholder Approach in Formulating Internet Policies

This publication was published on AFEX website on the 17 July, 2018. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) joins journalists, bloggers, and activists in Zambia to call on the government to develop and adopt a transparent, inclusive and multi-stakeholder approach in enacting internet policies that will ensure that the people of Zambia have access

Eastern Africa: New tax and licensing rules for social media threaten freedom of expression

This statement was originally published on ARTICLE 19 website on 26 June 2018. ARTICLE 19 is concerned by a series of new laws adopted in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda that have far-reaching consequences for freedom of expression online. In Uganda, the national parliament has passed a law that imposes a tax on the use of

Zambia: New Rule Compels Whatsapp Admins in Zambia to Register Groups or Be Arrested

This post was originally published on AllAfrica website on 2 June 2018. All WhatsApp group administrators in Zambia will now be required to register the groups and set up codes of ethics or risk being arrested if there is a breach. The new rule was announced by Zambia Information and Communications Technology (ZICTA) boss Mofyta

Uganda’s new law imposes tax on users of social media platforms

This statement was originally published on africafex.org on 1 June 2018. The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has learnt with disappointment of the passage of the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 which seeks to tax social media as well as mobile money usage in Uganda. On May 30, 2018, Parliament passed into law the

L-R Milton, Taddeo Ssenyonyi, Atwine Bob, Robert Ssempala, Andrew Irumba, Ramond Wamala and Akera Derick Otim at CIID headquarters after journalists had recorded their statments Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Police interrogates journalists at CIID Headquarters

Kibuli 24th May, 2018; Four journalists appeared at the Criminal Investigations Directorate Headquarters Kibuli on 22nd May 2018 following the summons that were issued by Mr. Kototyo William, the Director of Cyber and Financial Crimes. Andrew Irumba, Bob Atwine, Taddeo Ssenyonyi, John Njoroge of Spy Uganda, Spy Reports, Business Focus and CEO Magazine respectively were

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