Newspaper's Web site and radio blocked during election vote count
February 24, 2006 12:00 PM ET
New York, February 24, 2006—The Monitor Group said today its news Web site and radio station were being blocked within Uganda to prevent them from publishing early results from polling stations in Thursday's crucial presidential election.
Readers were unable to access the Web site of Uganda's leading independent daily, The Monitor, and broadcasts of station KFM were jammed, Monitor Group Managing Director Conrad Nkutu told the Committee to Protect Journalists. The Web site was accessible outside Uganda.
Nkutu said the Monitor Group was publishing a running vote tally based on actual results from polling stations that were phoned in to the group by election observers. The Electoral Commission is expected to announce official results on Saturday. Early results showed President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for two decades, in a commanding lead over his rival Kizza Besigye.
"We are deeply troubled that The Monitor's Web site and KFM are inaccessible during this important time," said Ann Cooper, executive director of CPJ. "Ugandan authorities must ensure that independent media are able to report on the election results without interference, censorship, or reprisals."
Nkutu said that he had received calls from the Uganda Broadcasting Council, the Electoral Commission, the police, and the Internal Affairs Ministry, all urging him to stop compiling independent results.
"We are very unhappy about the fact that someone who doesn't want us to publish independent results... is disabling the Web site of our newspaper and jamming the signal of our radio station," Nkutu said. "We have complained about this to the Minister of Internal Affairs, and I hope that he will take action to reverse the situation."
Information Minister James Buturo declined to comment on allegations that KFM's frequency was jammed. "It would not surprise me," he told CPJ. "The radio station has been doing what it is not supposed to do by law. The work of announcing results is the work of the electoral commission." He added that reporting independent results before they are officially confirmed "could lead to public disorder."
Nkutu said his outlets had every right to publish results. "It's absolutely not illegal," he said.
Buturo denied that The Monitor's Web site was blocked by the government. "They're just trying to save face [after being] at the forefront of campaigning for the opposition," Buturo said.
Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel and 'offensive communication'
June 14, 2019 4:24 PM ET
Nairobi, June 14, 2019 -- Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately owned news website The Drone Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges
February 12, 2019 1:13 PM ET
Nairobi, February 12, 2019--Ugandan authorities should withdraw a directive ordering the suspension of the Daily Monitor news website, retract a threat of criminal proceedings against the publication, and refrain from using regulations to retaliate against journalists covering sensitive political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....
Ugandan authorities arrest BBC journalists investigating black market drug sales
February 7, 2019 12:46 PM ET
Nairobi, February 7, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team....
Ugandan security forces attack and detain journalists covering protests
August 23, 2018 2:27 PM ET
Nairobi, August 23, 2018--Security forces beat and detained at least four journalists covering protests in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on August 20, and confiscated or damaged their equipment. CPJ today condemned the attacks and called on Ugandan authorities to hold those responsible to account....
Nairobi, August 17, 2018-- Authorities in Uganda should immediately drop charges of incitement and malicious damage to property against two journalists and investigate allegations that security personnel on August 13 and August 14 assaulted members of the press reporting on political unrest in northern Uganda's Arua District, the Committee...