Alerts(2017) articles

Uganda Police patrol parked at The Observer Offices.

Staff of a broken-into media house scared for their lives

Staff of a broken-into media house scared for their lives

Kampala, 03rd/April/2017; On Saturday morning, the 01st April, 2017, it was discovered that unidentified persons had broken into the offices of The Observer newspaper and stolen property including computers and other electronic gadgets worth Uganda Shillings 100 million (USD28,011) in a move that has been described as ‘very sophiscated’. The attackers at The Observer Newspaper

Journalists covering the arrest of opposition members Photo credit: @Daily Monitor Shabibah Nakirigya

Police attacks journalists covering foiled opposition meeting

Kampala, 31st March 2017; Two journalists, Siraji Kiberu of Kingdom Television and Dodoviko Mukasa of Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) radio have been assaulted by the police on Friday 31st March 2017. The journalists were covering the arrest of an opposition Member of Parliament for Mukono Municipality, Betty Nambooze Bakireke. Another journalist Henry Kasomoko of Bukedde

NRM youth supporters convicted of assaulting journalists standing in the dock during court judgement. Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Ruling party youths convicted of assaulting journalists and maliciously damaging their property

Entebbe, 29th/Mar/2017; Five youth supporters of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party have been found guilty of assaulting three Entebbe-based journalists thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm and maliciously damaging their property contrary to sections 335 and 236 of the Penal Code Act respectively. “The accused persons had the intention of stopping journalists from

Journalists with HRNJ-Uganda lawyer(2nd left) after court had acquitted them Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Court acquits four journalists of criminal defamation charges

Kampala, 16th/ March/2017; The Chief Magistrates Court at Buganda Road has acquitted four journalists of criminal defamation and convicted the source of defamatory information. Madina Nalwanga, Patrick Tumwesigye of New Vision and Benon Tugumiisirize, Ronald Nahabwe formerly of Red Pepper were found not “criminally liable” for what was published and had no intention to defame

Business woman sentenced to one year in prison for assaulting a journalist

Kayunga, 15th/ March/2017; A business woman in Kayunga District, Naluwa Rose, has been convicted and sentenced to a one year jail term by the Magistrates’ Court at Kayunga, for assaulting a Sauti FM journalist Mukiibi Sula. “I have critically analyzed the evidence submitted by the prosecution and the defence and therefore find the accused person guilty

Police officer convicted of assaulting a television journalist.

Kampala, 10th/March/2017, The Chief Magistrates Court at Buganda Road has found the former Division Police Commander (DPC) of Old Kampala, Joram Mwesigye guilty of assaulting a WBS Television journalist, Andrew Lwanga. He has been fined (Sentenced) one million shillings (USD 282), and Five million shillings (USD 1,409) compensation to the assaulted journalist which he has

Joram Mwesigye standing in the dock during a court session Photo Credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Judgement Day for Joram Mwesigye

It was 12th January 2015 when a WBS Television journalist, Andrew Lwanga who was covering a peaceful procession by a group of unemployed youth along Namirembe Road in Kampala, met his unfortunate fate when he was brutally assaulted by a senior police officer, the then District Police Commander (DPC) of Old Kampala, Joram Mwesigye. Lwanga

Suspects accused of assaulting journalists standing in the dock during a court session Photo credit: Emmanuel Magambo

Court sets judgment date in a journalists’ assault case

Entebbe, 3rd/03/2017: Five ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party youths continued to defend themselves before the Entebbe based Grade One Magistrate Mulonda Mastula. Two of the accused denied beating journalists on the day of the special interest group election, which they claim was peaceful and ended smoothly at Entebbe, in Wakiso district. “The voting went

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