Harassment of journalists escalates in Uganda

from HASSAN ONYANGO in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) –THE tense political atmosphere in Uganda has coincided with sustained violations against journalists.

Media rights groups in the East African country have reported at least 113 cases of the violation and abuse of journalists’ rights over the past year.

This includes 45 cases involving the arrest and detention of media practitioners, 27 cases of assault.

Journalists have been blocked from accessing news locations while their equipment has been maliciously damaged.

Police have emerged as the chief culprits in the violations, followed by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the judiciary.

UCC ordered the switching off of two radio stations during the period while the judiciary has denied journalists access to court sessions.

“Media freedom has been badly hit by the political contestations in this country,” said Robert Ssempala, the executive director of Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) in Uganda.

The 2017 World Press Freedom index has ranked Uganda at 117th position out of 180 countries.

Uganda is beset by political tensions after the ruling National Resistance Movement party announced plans to amend the constitution to remove the presidential age limit of 75 years of age.

The move is widely seen as a way of allowing President Yoweri Museveni (73) to stand for re-election in 2021.

He has been in power since 1986.
– CAJ News

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