The OpenNet Initiative (ONI)

In September 2012, the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), conducted technical tests of internet filtering which found that Ethiopia continued to block online political and news content, including the blogs and websites of a number of recently convicted journalists and bloggers.Tests conducted between 2008 and 2010 had also found extensive evidence of filtering of political content. In the 2012 tests, it was…

Reflections on Uganda’s Draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill, 2014

Towards the end of 2014, Uganda’s government through the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U), Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (MoICT) and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA) issued a draft Data Protection and Privacy Bill for public comment.

The Bill seeks to protect the privacy of the individual and personal data by regulating the collection and processing of…

Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Right to information Privacy in Zimbabwe
Perceptions of the Right to Privacy in Zimbabwe

This research is based on the right to privacy perception study undertaken in Zimbabwe by the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. The report makes the finding that although enshrined in the Zimbabwean Constitution, privacy rights are still far from being protected and are being infringed by people in…

Keriako Tobiko and NCIC want Moses Kuria Prosecuted

Keriako Tobiko and NCIC want Moses Kuria Prosecuted for Hate Speech and Incitement
In summary

Mr Tobiko made the request to a Nairobi court on Tuesday after the National Cohesion and Reconciliation Commission accused Mr Kuria of breaching an agreement for an out-of-court settlement.
Mr Kuria was accused of spewing fresh hate messages targeting the Luo community on his Facebook page barely a…

Promoting Cultural and Artistic Expression in Africa

By Ashnah Kalemera

As humans, individual artists enjoy rights as enshrined in national laws and international instruments on freedom of expression, assembly and association. However, there are variations between countries on what the laws provide for and the level of freedoms of creative, artistic and cultural expression that citizens enjoy.

In Africa, various factors impact upon these freedoms – including political, religious,…

Internet Governance in Uganda

By Juliet Nanfuka |

The Uganda Internet Governance Forum (UIGF) has since 2006 been a platform for deliberation on internet governance concerns in the country. Debates at the annual forum have progressed from prioritising access and infrastructure to global trends in the internet governance agenda such as the need for increased advocacy of online freedoms, protection of vulnerable users – including…

Reporters Without Borders Launches World Freedom Indicator 2013

News Update |

After the “Arab springs” and other protest movements that prompted many rises and falls in last year’s index, the 2013 Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index marks a return to a more usual configuration. The ranking of most countries is no longer attributable to dramatic political developments. This year’s index is a better reflection of the attitudes…