Uganda / Africa

Journalists attacked in Uganda since 1992

  

Internet access cut, social media banned during Uganda elections

Nairobi, January 14, 2021 – Ugandan authorities should immediately cease all efforts to disrupt internet access in the country and allow the press to cover the country’s elections freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Yesterday, the Uganda Communications Commission, the country’s broadcasting and telecommunication regulator, ordered telecommunications providers to suspend internet services in…

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CPJ joins call for Uganda to maintain internet access during election

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 54 other organizations in a letter to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni calling on him to ensure open and unrestricted internet access during and after the country’s presidential election, scheduled for January 14. The letter notes that disruptions to internet access would undermine journalists’ ability to report on the…

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Police beat, detain journalists covering opposition candidates ahead of Uganda elections

Nairobi, January 7, 2021 – Ugandan security forces should stop harassing and attacking journalists, and should ensure that the press can freely cover the country’s upcoming elections, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since December 11, security officers have assaulted at least 10 journalists covering opposition events ahead of the country’s January 14 presidential…

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Journalists in Uganda face accreditation hurdles ahead of election, risk criminal sanction

Nairobi, December 23, 2020 — Ugandan authorities should ensure that members of the press can freely cover the country’s national elections on January 14, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 10, the Media Council of Uganda, a statutory body, said that local and foreign journalists would be barred from covering electoral events…

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CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering Uganda’s elections

On January 14, 2021, incumbent Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will seek a sixth term, amid challenges from opposition candidates Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, and Patrick Oboi Amuriat, according to multiple news reports. During the general election campaign, security personnel have arrested both candidates and violently dispersed political rallies and protests, according to…

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Journalists attacked, deported ahead of January elections in Uganda

Nairobi, December 11, 2020 — Ugandan authorities should ensure that journalists can cover the country’s upcoming elections safely and freely and should thoroughly investigate all attacks on the press by members of the public and by security forces, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Since early November, police officers and members of the public…

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Local officials arrested, attacked, and confiscated equipment of radio journalists in western Uganda

Between April 3, 2020, and May 28, 2020, officials in the western Uganda district of Kabale arrested journalist Rogers Asiimwe of Freedom Radio; assaulted journalist Bob Rumanzi, also of Freedom Radio; and temporarily confiscated the phone of Richard Akandwanaho, then of Voice of Kigezi radio, the journalists told CPJ in interviews via messaging apps.  …

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Security forces are seen in Kampala, Uganda, on April 4, 2020. Security forces throughout the country recently attacked and harassed journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters/Abubaker Lubowa)

Ugandan security personnel enforcing COVID-19 measures assault journalists

Nairobi, April 22, 2020 — Ugandan authorities must investigate security forces’ recent attacks against journalists and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan opposition politician and popular musician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine (C), is escorted by a police officer as he is arrested on charges of unlawful assembly before starting his first public meeting ahead of presidential election next year, on January 6, 2020, in Kasangati town, a suburb of Kampala. Ugandan journalist Moses Bwayo was charged with illegal assembly and held in prison on March 4. (AFP/Stringer)

Ugandan journalist Moses Bwayo charged with illegal assembly, held in prison

Nairobi, March 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Uganda to drop all charges and to immediately release freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Moses Bwayo, to return his equipment undamaged, and to allow him to continue his work without intimidation.

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Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is seen in Kasangati on January 6, 2020. Four journalists were arrested during Wine's visit to Kasangati, and others were questioned by police at another event. (AFP)

Ugandan police harass and detain journalists covering opposition politician Bobi Wine

Nairobi, January 14, 2020 — Ugandan police should drop all charges against journalist Willy Tamale and cease harassing reporters for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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