Uganda / 2010

Second journalist killed in three days in Uganda

September 15, 2010 5:28 PM ET

New York, September 15, 2010--Unidentified assailants beat and killed news presenter Dickson Ssentongo Monday morning on his way to work at Prime Radio in Mukono district, central Uganda. Assailants beat Ssentongo with metal bars and dragged him into a nearby cassava field, local journalists told CPJ. He was the...

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Freelance journalist beaten to death in Uganda

September 13, 2010 6:13 PM ET

Nairobi, September 13, 2010--Motorcycle taxi drivers beat freelance journalist Paul Kiggundu to death Saturday evening, local journalists told CPJ. The drivers, commonly known as boda-boda, attacked Kiggundu while he was filming some of them demolishing a house in a town outside of Kalisizio, southwest Uganda....

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Uganda strikes down criminal sedition

August 26, 2010 5:32 PM ET

New York, August 26, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Uganda's Constitutional Court declaring the country's criminal sedition offense, which has been used to prosecute journalists, unconstitutional....

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Ugandan online editor accused of sedition

August 4, 2010 4:45 PM ET

Nairobi, August 4, 2010—Police accused the online editor of The Ugandan Record, Timothy Kalyegira, of sedition Tuesday and searched his house today, Kalyegira told the Committee to Protect Journalists. The Media Offences Department commissioner of police, Simon Kuteesa, interrogated Kalyegira about two online articles that speculated as to whether the Ugandan...

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Ugandan parliament should reject press bill

April 5, 2010 11:07 AM ET

Dear Mr. Speaker: The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about the proposed amendment to the 1995 Ugandan Press and Journalist Act, which is expected to be presented before parliament soon. We believe the bill would severely hamper the operations of newspapers and damage the country’s press freedom credentials.

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At least 5 Ugandan journalists wounded covering protest

March 19, 2010 5:44 PM ET

New York, March 19, 2010—At least five journalists were wounded while covering violent clashes between security personnel and protesters outside the capital, Kampala, on Wednesday. Scores of protestors and mourners came to Kasubi, a Kampala suburb, after a fire of unknown origin destroyed the historically significant royal tombs of the...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Uganda

February 16, 2010 12:11 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Reporters attacked, harassed during Kampala unrest.• Criminal cases pile up as high court considers constitutional challenge. Key Statistic 22: Criminal cases pending against Andrew Mwenda, a top political editor.Violent protests broke out in Kampala in September when security forces blocked leaders of the traditional kingdom...

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Museveni accuses two Ugandan journalists of libel

February 3, 2010 4:17 PM ET

New York, February 3, 2010—An opinion column in Uganda’s leading independent newspaper suggesting parallels between President Yoweri Museveni and former Philippine leader Ferdinand Marcos led to criminal libel charges against two journalists today, according to local media reports....

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