Media Council’s order to ban a play threatens freedom of expression

A bill board advertising the ‘State of the Nation’ play which was banned by the Media Council. The play directors have defied the ban.

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is dismayed by Media Council’s directive to suspend a play „the State of the Nation ku Ggirikiti‟. The act is a serious threat to freedom of expression and intended to silence critical voices in the Uganda.

Article 29 (1) (a) of the Constitution guarantees every Ugandan the right to freedom of speech and expression. They are free to express themselves through songs, writings, plays or any other form they choose provided it does not infringe on other people‟s freedom.

On 29th/October/2012, the secretary of the Media Council, Pius Mwinganisa instructed the directors of the play Bakayimbira Dramactors and Afri-Talent theatre groups to immediately stop staging a play until the Council has done a “review”.

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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