In the space of two weeks, two radio stations in Uganda were taken off the air, minutes into their talk shows during which they were hosting Dr. Kizza Besigye, leader of the opposition party Forum for Democratic Change.
The detained BBC journalists say they were working on an investigation into the alleged sale of government drugs on the black market.
Africa in November: Continued attacks on LGBTQI+ community and detention of CPJ staffers in Tanzania, an outspoken academic arrested – again, a petition challenging freedom of assembly filed, Unwanted Witness takes government to court over internet shutdown in Uganda, and more.
Uganda’s Unity FM radio station was raided by heavily armed police personnel and military officers, taken off air and 6 of their journalists were arrested for allegedly inciting violence.
Africa in October: Somali journalist shot and killed, how Tanzania’s new law on statistics impacts freedom of expression, the Gambia sets up a truth and reconciliation commission, and the West Africa Conference on Investigative Journalism.
A hit list with the names of 12 journalists and reasons why they should be killed was sent to the offices of the South Buganda Journalists Association (SOBUJA) in Uganda.
Unrelenting attacks on journalists in Uganda; subtle curbing of media freedom in Nigeria; excessive press accreditation fees in Mozambique; and musicians on the radar for articulating people’s frustrations.
Journalists covering electoral campaigns in Uganda are constantly being attacked by supporters and security agents and their equipment is either being damaged or confiscated.