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”.