Uganda is among the twenty-two countries in Africa with press restrictions, according to the new Global press freedom index. The reports states that the intimidating acts and violence against journalists are becoming rampant in Uganda and pointed out security agencies as the top press freedom violators.
Any condemnation of authorities can easily result in reporters being mistreated, captured or take their equipments like cameras.
The report also talks about Uganda president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who doesn’t tolerate criticism and that he always uses hate speech towards media, giving an example of 2018 press conference when he called reporters parasites.
During elections, internet is usually switched off or social media accessibility is obstructed. There is a daily social media tax which was introduced in 2018.
After six weeks of social media tax took effect in Uganda, Benin and Zambia also adopted similar measures hindering the production of news and information in those countries.
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