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Local officials arrested, attacked, and confiscated equipment of radio journalists in western Uganda

Between April 3, 2020, and May 28, 2020, officials in the western Uganda district of Kabale arrested journalist Rogers Asiimwe of Freedom Radio; assaulted journalist Bob Rumanzi, also of Freedom Radio; and temporarily confiscated the phone of Richard Akandwanaho, then of Voice of Kigezi radio, the journalists told CPJ in interviews via messaging apps.  …

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Security forces are seen in Kampala, Uganda, on April 4, 2020. Security forces throughout the country recently attacked and harassed journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic. (Reuters/Abubaker Lubowa)

Ugandan security personnel enforcing COVID-19 measures assault journalists

Nairobi, April 22, 2020 — Ugandan authorities must investigate security forces’ recent attacks against journalists and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan opposition politician and popular musician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine (C), is escorted by a police officer as he is arrested on charges of unlawful assembly before starting his first public meeting ahead of presidential election next year, on January 6, 2020, in Kasangati town, a suburb of Kampala. Ugandan journalist Moses Bwayo was charged with illegal assembly and held in prison on March 4. (AFP/Stringer)

Ugandan journalist Moses Bwayo charged with illegal assembly, held in prison

Nairobi, March 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Uganda to drop all charges and to immediately release freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Moses Bwayo, to return his equipment undamaged, and to allow him to continue his work without intimidation.

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Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, is seen in Kasangati on January 6, 2020. Four journalists were arrested during Wine's visit to Kasangati, and others were questioned by police at another event. (AFP)

Ugandan police harass and detain journalists covering opposition politician Bobi Wine

Nairobi, January 14, 2020 — Ugandan police should drop all charges against journalist Willy Tamale and cease harassing reporters for their political coverage, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan police officers are seen in Kampala on April 23, 2019. Police recently arrested Joseph Kabuleta for allegedly posting

Ugandan commentator arrested over Facebook post critical of president

On July 12, 2019, plainclothes police in Kireka, a suburb of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, arrested Joseph Kabuleta, a local minister and former reporter who regularly posts political commentary on social media, for allegedly posting “offensive communication against the person of the President” online, according to a July 12 police statement reviewed by CPJ and Fred…

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The Uganda High Court is in Kampala on May 14, 2018. CPJ today called for Ugandan authorities to intervene and end the criminal case against editor Pidson Kareire. (AFP/Isaac Kasamani)

Ugandan editor charged with criminal libel and ‘offensive communication’

Nairobi, June 14, 2019 — Authorities in Uganda should end the criminal proceedings against Pidson Kareire, managing editor of privately owned news website The Drone Media, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan pop star and opposition figure Bobi Wine appears for his bail application via a video link from prison, on a television screen in a court in Kampala, Uganda, on May 2, 2019. Uganda's media regulator suspended staff from 13 broadcast outlets for covering his arrest. (AP/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan regulator suspends staff from 13 outlets that covered Bobi Wine

Addis Ababa, May 2, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Uganda’s media regulator to immediately rescind an order yesterday suspending staff from 13 radio and television stations in connection to their coverage of opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, known as Bobi Wine.

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Ugandan journalists sit outside the office of the Daily Monitor, which was closed on May 20, 2013, by armed police. The Monitor's website was recently ordered to suspend publication over a regulatory dispute. (Isaac Kasamani/AFP)

Ugandan regulator orders news website suspended and threatens criminal charges

Nairobi, February 12, 2019–Ugandan authorities should withdraw a directive ordering the suspension of the Daily Monitor news website, retract a threat of criminal proceedings against the publication, and refrain from using regulations to retaliate against journalists covering sensitive political issues, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Ugandan military police are seen in Kampala on August 23, 2018. A BBC team was recently arrested while investigating corruption in the country. (Ronald Kabuubi/AP)

Ugandan authorities arrest BBC journalists investigating black market drug sales

Nairobi, February 7, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Ugandan authorities to immediately release a team of three journalists and one media worker detained in connection with their investigative reporting and to drop any investigation into a fourth journalist, who is part of the same team.

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Opposition MP Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known as Bobi Wine, and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi, pictured at their home in Kampala, on September 20. Police detained at least eight journalists who were covering Bobi Wine's return to Uganda from the U.S. (AP/Ronald Kabuubi)

Ugandan police arrest at least 8 journalists covering opposition MP Bobi Wine

Nairobi, September 20, 2018–Police in Uganda detained at least eight journalists covering the return of opposition MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, from the U.S, according to media reports and local journalists. The arrests are the latest incident of Ugandan security personnel assaulting, harassing, or arresting journalists covering political tension in the past…

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