PRESS FREEDOM INDEX REPORT 2013

This report is an annual assessment of media rights violations and attacks against journalists in Uganda, based on information gathered, documented and analyzed by HRNJ-Uganda, between January and December 2013.

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda receives both formal and informal complaints from journalists and other sources, detailing alleged violations of media rights and freedoms. This information is received through tip-offs, and the HRNJ-Uganda toll-free telephone line. On its own initiative, HRNJ-Uganda investigates allegations of violations based on its monitoring of the media environment.

Effort is made to interview victims, witnesses and alleged perpetrators, to establish and corroborate the facts of each reported case. HRNJ-Uganda endeavors to ascertain and verify the information by contacting the authorities, witnesses and following up victims wherever they are. Based on these interactions, HRNJ-Uganda records and documents the occurrences. Action is then taken based on the nature of the violation.

Due to the sensitivity of the cases, the identity of some journalists has been withheld. The interviews and any more information substantiating the information in this report is on file with HRNJ-Uganda.

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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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