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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…

Brace yourselves Ugandan Internet Users

Anti Pornography Act 2014?

Its official, the Anti Pornography bill was finally consented to and is now the Anti Pornography Act 2014. It has been a long time coming.

From the time this bill was made public knowledge, our local media decided either intentionally or out of ignorance to brand it the ‘Mini-Skirt Bill”. Just like many others, I was fully convinced…

Law requiring registration of SIM cards

Law requiring registration of SIM cards in Uganda a threat to privacy
(HRNJ-Uganda/IFEX) – 21 September 2012 – The Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) calls upon the Ugandan government to immediately halt the registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards, due to the lack of a necessary law to protect the data collected. The process is a curtailment of freedom…

UCC suspends two radio talk shows

The Uganda Communication Commission has suspended two poplar political talk shows on Hits FM, a local radio station in Fort Portal.

Orukurato and Ekitanganzo have been airing on Hits FM since February last year. The panel on both talk shows includes district and municipal council leaders, MPs, human rights activists and civil society activists.

The shows have been focusing on accountability of…

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill – a great blow to internet freedom
One month after Nigeria’s president signed into law a harsh law criminalising sexual minorities, Uganda has followed suit by signing it’s own “anti-gay”, as dubbed by the media, bill. Joining Tanzania, Mauritania, Sudan and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria have join the club of countries in the continent where the LGBT…

GILAB (aka the Spy Bill) is back in Parliament

On Tuesday 12 February 2013, the Parliamentary committee dealing with the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (the so-called “Spy Bill”) starts work again, aiming to adopt the Bill by 20 March 2013. The Right2Know Campaign remains opposed to the provisions of the Bill and will continue to monitor its progress through Parliament.
Why does R2K oppose the “SpyBill”?
We believe the GILAB,…

Zuma exacts defamation action on media

Jacob Zuma has added The Star to his latest round of defamation actions against newspapers.

The ANC president has issued a summons against Independent Newspapers for R1-million for alleged invasion of his dignity in an article published by The Star in 2005 – just making the prescription period by a few days, as plaintiffs have only three years to sue for…

National Key Points Act undermines the public’s right to know

What do OR Tambo International Airport, President Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, and the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station have in common?

They have all been declared ‘National Key Points’ in terms of the National Key Points Act (NKPA), an obscure piece of apartheid-era law still on South Africa’s statute books. Introduced in 1980 as a response to ‘sabotage’ in Umtata, the law…