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November 7, 2014

Bicycle taxi driver arrested over assault on journalist in Uganda

Police in Kampala arrested a bodaboda taxi cyclist on charges of assaulting Vision Group journalist Ismail Ddamba , back in April 2014. He is being detained at Kitebi police station in Rubaga division, Kampala district, according to the Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda. The suspect, identified as Buyondo Huzair, aged 35 years, a resident of Sserwadda zone in Kabowa, Rubaga division, was arrested on 28 October 2014 at about 7:00pm local time at the Kibage bodaboda center, while four... MORE
October 17, 2014

Uganda court finds provincial radio reporter guilty of criminal defamation

After three years of proceedings marked by many irregularities, a court in the southern district of Kalangala has found journalist Ronald Ssembuusi guilty of criminal defamation for mentioning an allegation linking former Kalangala district chairman Daniel Kikoola to the theft of solar panels. The case has revived Reporters Without Borders ’ concern about media freedom in Uganda. Ssembuusi is facing the possibility of two years in prison when a sentence is passed tomorrow. The local... MORE
October 8, 2014

Uganda: Journalist convicted of defamation for reporting on alleged theft of solar panels

A Central Broadcasting Service (CBS) radio journalist, Ronald Ssembuusi has been convicted of criminal defamation by Kalangala Grade 1 Magistrate for voicing a story on November 17, 2011 implicating the former District Chairman Daniel Kikoola in the theft of solar panels donated by the African Development Bank, according to the Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda . “A statement implicating a person in the commission of a criminal offence and [that] implies that the person is likely to... MORE
March 20, 2014

Uganda: Guard sentenced to four years for assaulting Red Pepper journalist

A security guard, Kemba Azizi (26), has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for assaulting a Red Pepper journalist, Solomon Hamala , in Uganda, the Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda has reported. "Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done. I therefore find the accused guilty of assault contrary to Section 236 of the Penal Code Act and since he has been remorseful, he is sentenced to four years in jail," Iganga Grade One Magistrate, Sylvia Nvanungi said in her... MORE
March 18, 2014

Ugandan police search for attacker responsible for journalist's death

Police in Kampala are hunting for a suspect in the death of a Vision Group photo journalist, Mubiru Royce Kakebe , who reportedly died from a tetanus attack from injuries he sustained from Percy Nanyondo in January this year as he carried on with his work. Sources in the police told Human Rights Network for Journalists - Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) that Kakebe reported an assault at a police post in Kampala on January 19, 2014 against Nanyondo, and on February 15, she was arrested, but later released... MORE
May 13, 2011

Uganda: Arsonists burn journalist's home

Investigators in Kabale must thoroughly investigate an arson attack May 13 on the home of Goodluck Musinguzi , contributor to the state-owned daily, New Vision , New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said. Someone poured gasoline on the house and set it on fire while Musinguzi, his wife, and his newborn child were inside, he told CPJ. Musinguzi, a correspondent for the daily in the southwest border town Kabale, escaped the 2 a.m. blaze with his family but... MORE
May 13, 2011

Uganda: Ten reporters injured by security forces while covering opposition leader’s return

Ten Ugandan and foreign journalists were physically attacked by soldiers on May 12 while covering opposition leader Kizza Besigye’s return to Uganda from Kenya, where he was treated for injuries received when the security forces used force to disperse an opposition demonstration in Kampala in April, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The violence, which took place as President Yoweri Museveni was being sworn in for a fourth term, was the latest round... MORE
March 21, 2011

Uganda: Journalist detained for 48 hours after exposing wave of break-ins

Police in Buwama, Mpigi district (80 km south of Kampala), have arrested and detained Central Broadcasting Service (CBS FM) correspondent Yoweri Musisi over a story which alleged increased lawlessness in the area. CBS FM is owned by the Buganda Kingdom. Musisi was arrested on March 19 by armed policemen at Buwama trading centre on the orders of the officer in charge of the station, Abbey Ngaho. Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) has learned that Musisi had filed a number... MORE
March 19, 2011

Ugandan police beat up journalists at protest rally

An attack was carried out against the press covering an event recently organised by opposition party candidates in Uganda. The forces attacked about a dozen journalists covering a protest rally in Jinja, eastern Uganda, organised by three opposition parties on March 11, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local journalists. The police and security agents lobbed teargas canisters at 13 journalists at the Jinja demonstration, which was... MORE
March 6, 2011

Radio presenter in Uganda suspended over critical report

A presenter at Masaka-based Top Radio, Ssozi Lyazi Ssekimpi , is reported to have been suspended over a talk show which discussed electoral malpractice witnessed during recent presidential and parliamentary elections, according to Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-Uganda). Ssekimpi, who joined Top Radio four years ago, has been working as an editor and presenter of the weekly talk show "Voice of the People", aired between 11am-1pm local time. Ssekimpi's suspension was announced... MORE