A disconcerting trend: Journalists targeted for covering political campaigns in Uganda
March 1, Kampala: Human Rights Network for Journalists–Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) is a network of human rights journalists in Uganda working towards enhancing the promotion, protection and respect of human rights through defending and building the capacities of journalists. It was registered in 2006 amidst glaring abuses targeting the media and a deteriorating human rights situation in the country.
HRNJ-U monitors and documents journalists' rights, violations and abuses in Uganda and contributes towards the realization of media freedoms and good governance in the country.
HRNJ-Uganda has been monitoring and observing the rights of journalists, their safety and security during the electioneering period. We paid particular attention to whether journalists were free to gather and impart information without unnecessary interference, intimidation or obstruction.
We noticed that although the presidential, parliamentary and district council elections were generally peaceful, there were several violations and unnecessary interference in the work of journalists and media houses, such as: the destruction of journalistic tools, physical assault, intimidation and closure of a media house. HRNJ-Uganda recorded at least seventy (70) cases; which also included three alleged shootings at reporters.
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