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James Odongo Akia (2nd left) with relatives after court had granted him bail

Vision Group journalist James Odongo Akia granted bail by the High Court in Soroti

Vision Group journalist James Odongo Akia granted bail by the High Court in Soroti

Soroti, 13th/March/2020; The High Court in Soroti presided over by His Lordship Wilson Musene Musalu has on the 13th March, granted bail bond to Vision Group Journalist and sub-Editor attached to Etop Newspaper James Odongo Akia. The Journalist was granted a cash bail of UGX 200,000/- and his sureties a non-cash bail of UGX 1,000,000/-. James

Vision Group Editor remanded over Defamation Charges

Kumi, 10th/March/2020; The Magistrates Court in Kumi presided over by Her Worship Lamunu Peace has on 10th Tuesday, remanded Vision Group Journalist and sub-Editor James Odongo Akia attached to Etop Newspaper to Kumi Government Prison on charges of Cyber harassment, computer misuse and defamation. James was arrested on Thursday 5th March 2020 and briefly taken to

Moses Bwayo (centre) stands in the dock at the Makindye Magistrate Court. REUTERS/Abubaker Lubowa

Court in Makindye has charged a journalist, Moses Bwayo, with an Unlawful assembly

Kampala, 05th March 2020: Bwayo, aged 30years, a resident of Upper Kisugu, Makindye Division in Kampala district appeared before Grade 1 Magistrate Jude Okumu Wednesday afternoon and charged with unlawful assembly along with eight others. The prosecution alleges that on the 24th February 2020, at Nsambya Police Barracks in Makindye Division, Kampala district, Bwayo along

Journalists marching to Naguru police headquarters to petition the Inspector General of Police Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Police teargas, arrests journalists delivering petition to police boss over brutality

Kampala 4th November 2019; Police in Kampala arrested a number of journalists who were delivering a petition to the Inspector General of Police on 4th November 2019. The journalists were protesting the continued violation of their rights by the Uganda Police Force. Some of the journalists arrested include among others, Moses Mulondo the leader of

Police disrupt University students’ press conference, teargas journalists

Makerere, 25th October 2019; Over fifteen (15) journalists who were covering a press conference convened by the Guild Council leaders of Makerere University have been teargassed and beaten by the police as they forced them out of the University campus. The journalists say that the attack on them was on the directives of the Vice-Chancellor

Journalists’ case against communications body resumes in court

Kampala, 08/10/2019, Journalists through their umbrella bodies Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) together with other human rights activists under the Center for Constitutional Governance have asked Lady Justice Lydia Mugambe to compel the Executive Director of Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi to appear in Court to be

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Political coverage becomes risky for the journalists in Uganda

Kaseses, 2nd/October/2019; Kaguta Joel, a journalist working with Messiah Radio in Kasese western Uganda was yesterday 1st October 2019 released without charge by Kasese Central Police Station. Other journalists Bwambale Baker and Mumbere Denis escaped the arrest. The journalists were covering a meeting organized by the People Power Movement which is headed by Honorable Robert

Journalist Pidson Kakaire at Makindye Magistrates Court Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Court dismisses libel and offensive communication cases against Drone Media journalist

Kampala, 18th /September /2019; Makindye Chief Magistrates Court has on 18th September 2019 dismissed a case in which Pidson Kareire, a Drone Media Journalist was accused of criminal libel and offensive communication by Middle East Consultants Limited, a labor export company in Uganda. This came after HRNJ-Uganda’ counsel Daniel Walyemera prayed to court to have

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