Press Release Statements

State Must End Attacks On Media And Incarcerations Of  Journalists In Uganda, Allow Free Expression

HRNJ-Uganda is gravely concerned about the rising despicable and cruel acts against journalists, media houses, academicians and Ugandans expressing themselves on matters of public concern.

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Media Not Fighting the police, government but for its space

On Saturday 23 rd July, 2016, the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura characterized the media as an enemy force, working with politicians for his downfall. He attacked the media for concentrating on reporting hatred and negativity to which he invited government to take a firm stand against urging that national stability could not be achieved when the media is operating in machination, prejudice, unprofessionalism. Kayihura argues that that media houses should be penalized or have their operating licenses revoked.

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WORRYING TRENDS OF JOURNALISTS TARGETED FOR COVERING POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS IN UGANDA

HRNJ-Uganda has been monitoring and observing the rights of journalists, their safety and security during the electioneering period. We paid particular attention to whether journalists were free to gather and impart information without unnecessary interference, intimidation or obstruction.

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Ruling Party Should Desist From Targeting Critical And Independent Reporting Of The Political Campaigns In The Run Upto The General Elections

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is distressed by the complaint lodged before the statutory Media Council, by the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party against the Daily Monitor publication over a news story attributed to the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye alleging that the NRM government has been the most corrupt since independence. Uganda has had eight governments since it attained her independence in 1962.

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Media Under Persecution During Campaign Period

The government should not abdicate its responsibility of ensuring free flow of information, ideas and opinions during this period of elections by turning a blind eye as journalists are harassed, intimidated and physically attacked by police and politicians together with their
supporters. Some contestants have been denied to air out their views through the media.

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Police Must Stop Criminalising And Blackmailing The Media As A Way To Cover Up Its Own Brutality And Unprofessional Conduct.

On 10 th October 2015, the country witnessed ugly scenes of the arrest of a Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) mobiliser, one Fatuma Zainab Naigaga, along the Masaka-Mbarara highway who appeared in a video footage being arrested in an inhuman and degrading way where she was undressed during her arrest.

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HRNJ-Uganda Press Statement-Criminal Libel Is The Worst Emerging Obstacle To Critical And Investigative Journalism In Uganda

Human Rights Network for Journalists–Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is delighted that an independent journalist, Timothy Kalyegira Nyakahuuma, has finally regained his freedom after five years of battling with criminal defamation trial where he was accused of defaming the President of Uganda. On 30th September 2015, the Grade One Magistrate at City Hall Court, Kampala Moses Nabende dismissedcriminal defamation charges brought against Mr. Kalyegira for failure by the State to adduce evidence in court for the last five years.

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Blatant Abuse Of Media Freedoms By State Agencies

The government should uphold its duty to protect freedom of speech and expression be it information and ideas which are favorable to government or which offends, shocks or disturbs those in power as long as it is of public interest to the general population.

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Media defence body dismisses directives by UCC on election reporting

A directive issued to all broadcasters by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) poses a serious threat to freedom of expression and the media, as it attempts to restrict journalists’ ability to report freely on the upcoming Presidential, Parliamentary, and local government elections in Uganda.

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Statement On Break Into Hrnj Offices

The offices of Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), located at Plot 18, Kayanja Triangle Zone, in Rubaga Division, Kampala district were raided and broken in on the night of Monday 29 th June 2015. The attackers cut the burglary proof of the window on the National Coordinator’s office, and entered there to access the rest of the department offices inside the premises.

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Muzzling Of Press Freedom

On March 9th 2015, the Clerk to Parliament, Ms Jane Kibirige, reportedly wrote to news editors a letter titled: ‘Replacement of Parliamentary Reporters’, in which she stated that, “The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Parliamentary Commission has in the interest of balanced media coverage of Parliament,

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A media black-out slapped on the Uganda Police due to worsening brutality against journalists in the country.

On Monday, January 12, 2015, the Division Police Commander (DPC) for Old Kampala Police Station, Joram Mwesigye rampaged against journalists covering a youth demonstration in the capital, Kampala. He struck a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) Television cameraman,
Lwanga Andrew, with an electric cable on the head and the journalist blacked out.

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President Museveni’ political threats to the Ugandan media

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda is concerned about the escalating attacks on the media by the politicians, and the resultant negative implications on fundamental freedoms and media rights in the country. The year 2012 witnessed a number of attacks and assaults on independent individual journalists and media houses at the hands of mainly the police and politicians.

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Press freedom continues to diminish in Uganda

Attacks on journalists has escalated in the past six months despite government’s commitment to adhere to International Human Rights obligations, with 32 cases of attacks since the review by the UN Human Rights Council, says report.

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