Journalist Sentenced in Absentia for an Online Article


In June 2011, Jean Bosco Gasasira, the exiled editor of Umuvugizi, was sentenced to two and half years in jail for civil disobedience and insulting President Paul Kagame in the online version of his newspaper. In April of the previous year, the print publication of the same newspaper had been suspended for six months for allegedly inciting violence and criticizing the head of…

Blogger arrested for publishing president’s images

Tanzania: Blogger arrested for publishing manipulated images of the president
The alleged owner and blogger of the blog Ze Utamu ( has been arrested in Tanzania.

The alleged arrest has been in discussed at Jamii Forum, a popular Tanzanian Online Forum, since yesterday. And today, Swahili Time has posted the news along with a picture of the arrested blogger, Malecela Peter Lusinde,…

Government now bans ‘Mwananchi’ website

Dar es Salaam/New York. The government yesterday stepped up its crackdown on Mwananchi newspaper by banning its website.

The follows its decision to ban Tanzania’s largest selling newspaper by 14 days last Friday for allegedly publishing confidential government information and inciting Muslims.

Elsewhere, an international press freedom group added its voice to the growing chorus of criticism of the government’s ban on…

Tanzanian government bans nation’s largest Newspaper

DAR ES SALAAM – Yesterday, Tanzanian newspaper stands welcomed back an old friend: Mwananchi newspaper returned from a two-week government-imposed hiatus.

On September 27, Tanzania’s Director of Information, Assah Mwambene, announced that he would be temporarily banning the paper, because of stories intended to influence “the citizens to lose confidence in State organizations.”

One of the most widely-read newspapers in Northern Africa, Mwananchi…

Media Council condemns closure of two major Newspapers

 Media Council condemns closure of two major newspapers
The Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) unreservedly condemns the Government’s decision to close down two national newspapers Mwananchi and Mtanzania, for allegedly publishing seditious stories likely to provoke incitement and hostility with the intention of influencing the public to lose confidence in state organs and create disharmony.

.Mwananchi has been shut…

Critical website Radio Katwe blocked on eve of presidential election

UGANDA: Critical Web site still blocked on eve of presidential election

New York, February 22, 2006 – The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned that the Ugandan government has blocked internal access to a critical Web site, Radio Katwe, in the run-up to Thursday’s hotly contested presidential election. The site has been blocked in Uganda for more than a week, according…

Government temporarily closes radio stations

Four radio stations closed in Uganda

The Government of Republic of Uganda closed four independently-owned radio stations today and suspended their operating licenses for what it called “flouting rules by inciting people, mainly the Baganda tribe, against President Yoweri Museveni, his government and against other tribes”.

Friday, 11 September 2009, by Eastern Africa Journalists Association, EAJA

According to the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU),…

Uganda bans SMS texting of key words during poll

An Electoral Commission (EC) worker prepares election materials at the main warehouse in the capital Kampala February 16, 2011. Security tightened in Kampala on Wednesday as voters in carnival-like mood descended on the final rallies of Uganda’s two main presidential contenders. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

An Electoral Commission (EC) worker prepares election materials at the main warehouse in the capital Kampala February 16,…

UK, US ‘hacked into Uganda’s phone network’

British and American intelligence agencies remotely hacked into Uganda’s telephone network system in order to access conversations of high-profile individuals in Uganda, a new report has revealed.

The report offers insight into the murky practice of foreign intelligence collection by Britain and America who remotely access data and conversations on personal computers, phones, routers, hard disks and mobile phone SIM cards…