Daily Monitor

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Ugandan journalists sit outside the office of the Daily Monitor, which was closed on May 20, 2013, by armed police. The Monitor's website was recently ordered to suspend publication over a regulatory dispute. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP)

Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges

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.

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Opposition MP Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known as Bobi Wine, and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, pictured at their home in Kampala, on September 20. Police detained at least eight journalists who were covering Bobi Wine's return to Uganda from the U.S. (AP/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan police arrest at least 8 journalists covering opposition MP Bobi Wine

Nairobi, September 20, 2018–Police in Uganda detained at least eight journalists covering the return of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from the U.S, according to media reports and local journalists. The arrests are the latest incident of Ugandan security personnel assaulting, harassing, or arresting journalists covering political tension in the past…

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni displays his inked finger after voting on February 18, 2016. In June 2018, Museveni and government officials verbally attacked and threatened the Ugandan media. (Reuters/James Akena)

Ugandan president, officials verbally attack and threaten media

Nairobi, June 18, 2018–Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni should stop making statements that denigrate and threaten the press, and ensure that his government does not take actions that conflate journalism with terrorism or national security threats, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who is under house arrest, speaks during a news conference at his home on the outskirts of Kampala, the capital, on February 21. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

After disputed Uganda election, journalists fear prolonged crackdown

Twenty nine-year-old photographer Abubaker Lubowa was excited when he was assigned to cover the campaign of opposition leader Kizza Besigye. He told CPJ he did not anticipate that the assignment would mean he would make the news almost as often as he covered it.

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Press trying to cover politics in Uganda face restrictions, attacks

January 15, 2016–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that journalists in Uganda are being prevented from freely covering Parliament and campaigning for next month’s presidential elections. The government announced this week that journalists without a university qualification will be barred from covering parliament, according to local reports. Journalists have also reported being attacked and…

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Advertising and Censorship in East Africa’s Press

The printed word is thriving in parts of Africa, but advertisers’ clout means they can often quietly control what is published. By Tom Rhodes Kenyans read election coverage in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, the capital, on March 9, 2013. One reason that advertising revenue trumps circulation for East Africa’s newspapers is that readers often…

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A journalist is obstructed from reporting on the protest outside the offices of the Monitor. (Facebook)

Monitor, Red Pepper closures spark protests in Uganda

Nairobi, May 29, 2013–Ugandan police on Tuesday assaulted and detained several journalists who were among a crowd of demonstrators protesting the government’s closure of four independent news outlets, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists said today that the police actions only highlight the government’s continuing effort to suppress information…

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Police stand outside the offices of the Daily Monitor. (Daily Monitor)

Police raid news outlets in media crackdown in Uganda

Nairobi, May 21, 2013–Ugandan police surrounded the Kampala offices of two private newspapers for seven hours on Monday, barring access to the premises, disabling printing presses, and effectively halting publication indefinitely, according to news reports. The police said they had search warrants to find documents related to a letter written by an army official that…

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Gen. David Sejusa (Facebook)

In Uganda, media muzzled over alleged Muhoozi project

While Uganda’s politicians and social media are abuzz over a sensational letter reportedly written by a top security official about a high-level assassination plot, police have dutifully harassed the mainstream press in a bid to suppress the chatter.

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Attacks on the Press: Oil, Money, and the Press

New oil deals drive optimism, but the public knows little about the details. By Tom Rhodes

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