Journalism in Uganda is being undermined by new laws which have in fact closed the right to freedom of expression.
As Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark World Press Freedom Day, there is concern that the attack on freedom of expression is affecting other rights including press freedom.
Lawyers, civil society, and media actors say the state has stepped up internet policing and thereby forcing journalists and individual Ugandans to self-censorship for fear of repression.
Lawyer, and media advocate Peter Magelah Gwayaka, says the right to freedom of expression is particularly being threatened by intolerance
“I would say freedom of speech in Uganda has gradually been eroded. People don’t want to be criticized. There is too much intolerance. And this cuts across all sectors of life.”
It used to be the case that journalists in Uganda used to defend themselves against things like sedition, publication of false news, and defamation