Alerts(2018) articles

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Arusha, 10th August 2018, The Attorney General of Uganda has withdrawn an appeal filed on 4th January 2018 at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha Tanzania challenging the decision of the court of First Instance allowing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

Three journalists arrested as they cover mobile money tax protest

Katakwi, 13th/July/2018; Police in Katakwi, Eastern Uganda has arrested three journalists for covering a demonstration by local mobile money operators who were protesting against the newly introduced tax on mobile money transactions, saying the tax was too high and killing their business. The journalists were asked to share their recorded material and also reveal the

Kabale District Local Council 5 Chairperson, Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye

Kabale District Chairman assaults journalist over an embezzlement story

Kabaale, 26th June, 2018; The Kabale District Local Council 5 Chairperson, Mr. Keihwa Patrick Besigye is on the spot for allegedly slapping a Voice of Kigezi radio journalist, Mr. Arinitwe Emmanuel on the 25th day of June, 2018 at the Voice of Kigezi offices in Kabale town. Arinitwe told Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda, that

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

A police officer chasing a Bukedde TV journalist Sulaiman Mutebi at Naguru police headquarters

Journalists blocked from covering trial of Senior Police Officer, Bukedde TV Reporter assaulted

Kampala; 22nd February 2018;Police officers based at the Uganda Police Headquarters in Naguru, Kampala have blocked journalists from covering the trial by the Police Court of the embattled Assistant Superintendent of Police Muhammad Kirumira the former District Police Commander of Buyende District in Eastern Uganda Before the denial of coverage of the court proceedings, police

Journalist Augustine Okello at HRNJ-Uganda offices.

STATE WITHDRAWS CHARGES AGAINST A LIRA-BASED JOURNALIST AFTER FIVE YEARS

Kampala, 19th/February/2018; The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mike Chibita has withdrawn charges of Abuse of Inferiors against a Rhino FM Programmes Director Augustine Okello. Abuse of Inferior is provided for under Section 141 of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces Act, and applies to UPDF soldiers. Augustine was initially charged with treason in 2011 but

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