Author Archives: Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

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.

Counter Terrorism Police arrest journalist

Kampala, 24th /September/2015; The Counter Terrorism Police, yesterday 23rd,September,2015 arrested a journalist from a court room in Kampala, detained him for one and a half hours accusing him of indulging in “ work that is not his”. He was released … Continue reading

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Senior Community Development Officer assaults journalist

Jinja 19th/September/2015; Shamshad Naluggya, a Bukedde TV journalist, was yesterday assaulted by the Njeru Town Council Senior Community Development Officer, Joyce Guleeta, accusing her of recording a meeting without her knowledge. Naluggya had gone to cover a meeting that had … Continue reading

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HRNJ-Uganda alert, Medical practitioner testifies in journalist’s assault case.

Kampala, 15th September 2015; further hearing of a case in which a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) Journalist, Andrew Lwanga was allegedly assaulted by Joram Mwesigye, the former Division Police Commander of Old Kampala Police Station continued today at the Chief … Continue reading

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Journalists charged with criminal defamation released from prison after six days.

Kampala, 20th/August/2015; Two Red Pepper journalists were on 19th August released almost a week later since they were remanded to Luzira after failing to pay a cash bail of 2 million Uganda shillings (USD571) each. Nahabwe Ronald and Tugumisiirize Benon … Continue reading

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HRNJ-Uganda Alert, Journalists charged with criminal defamation, remanded to prison for declining to testify against their source.

Kampala, 18th /August/2015; Four journalists were on 13th August, this year charged with criminal defamation at the Buganda Road court in Kampala. The four -two from a daily tabloid the Red Pepper and two others from the New Vision all … Continue reading

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HRNJ-Uganda alert, State House orders Journalist to delete Mbabazi’s congratulatory message from magazine and apologize.

Kiruhura, 05th/August/2015; The Managing Director of Eshato Publications Limited, Pison Mugizi has been ordered to delete Mbabazi’s congratulatory message from a consecration magazine of the new Bishop of the North Ankole Diocese, Stephen Namanya. Information obtained by Human Rights Network … Continue reading

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The East African Court of Justice starts hearing a Criminal Defamation case of a journalist.

The East African Court of Justice in Arusha Tanzania on Friday July 31 started hearing a case in which a Ugandan journalist, the late Ssembuusi Ronald, challenged criminal defamation.  A panel of five Judges led by the Principal Judge of … Continue reading

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HRNJ-UGANDA ALERT, A POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING A JOURNALIST.

Kampala, 27thJuly 2015; Edward Tibamwenda, a police officer attached to Lungujja police station was on 24th July 2015 arrested for allegedly assaulting a Vision Group Correspondent Frederick Kiwanuka based in Luweero District. The Division Police Commander of Old Kampala Police … Continue reading

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Blatant abuse of media freedoms by State agencies threatens the watchdog role of the media ahead of the 2016 general elections in Uganda. Perpetrators must be brought to book.” Said HRNJ-Uganda

                                                26th/July/2015 HRNJ-Uganda Press Statement: For Immediate Release “Blatant abuse of media freedoms by State agencies threatens the watchdog role of the media ahead of the 2016 general elections in Uganda. Perpetrators must be brought to book.” Said HRNJ-Uganda The … Continue reading

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HRNJ-Uganda alert, Ruling party boss fires journalists over hosting opposition presidential hopeful

Jinja, 23rd/July/2015; Three journalists were on 21ts July, 2015 suspended over hosting an opposition presidential hopeful who is also the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader, Dr. Kizza Besigye on Baba FM radio without permission from the radio management. … Continue reading

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