Grave attacks on the media

Acts of intimidation and violence against reporters are an almost daily occurrence in Uganda. The security services often target journalists, arresting them arbitrarily and sometimes holding them incommunicado. Any criticism of the authorities can result in journalists being beaten, abducted, or deprived of their equipment with impunity. Charges of treason under the criminal code, which carry a heavy sentence, are often used to gag the media. It is not uncommon for the authorities to intervene directly to block the broadcasting of TV reports. This persecution was reinforced in June 2017 by the creation of a special team of state security officers and IT experts to scan posts on Facebook and other social networks for criticism of the government. During elections, the Internet is often disconnected or access to social networks is blocked. The media are threatened with closure when they cover opposition activities. Since Yoweri Museveni became president in 1986, many journalists who do not toe the government line have been banned from working altogether.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



112 in 2017

Global score


35.94 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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