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Observations of an Expat: Hungary v George Soros

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms As far as the proverbial man in the street is concerned, there is very little that separates the extreme right from the extreme left.

Torture of Channel 4 journalists in Sudan highlights need to investigate Darfur chemical attacks

Phil Cox/NVF   By Amnesty International The torture of two journalists abducted en route to Jebel Marra, in Sudan’s Darfur region, is not only a grave affront to press freedom, but also proof the Sudanese authorities have something to hide in the region, said human rights NGO Amnesty International ahead of the airing of a […]

Trump’s Military Industrial Complex

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark     “This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.” President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017  

Iranian journalist given 40 lashes for ‘inaccurate reporting’

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Amnesty International Human Rights NGO Amnesty International has condemned Iran’s persistent use of cruel and inhuman punishments – including floggings, amputations and forced blinding over the past year.

No peace for journalists in Iraq

Karim Kadim/AP   By Rafah Al Saad I am calling for the freedom of the Iraqi journalist Afrah Shawqi al-Qaisi.

Court orders Police Officer to defend himself over assaulting TV Journalist in Uganda

By Robert Ssewankambo The Ugandan Buganda Road Court has ordered the former Old Kampala District Police Commander, Joram Mwesigye to defend himself against charges of assaulting a Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) TV journalist Andrew Lwanga.

Uhuru Kenyatta must be prepared to lose unless he changes tactics

By Joe Khamisi If free and fair elections were to be held today, Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga would most likely upset the incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Journalism is not a crime

JFO photo   By Rafah Al Saad Each year the second day of November marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Tanzania’s Magufuli must abandon isolationism and join the rest of the world

Emmanuel Herman/Reuters   By Joe Khamisi Almost a year after Pombe Magufuli took over leadership, questions are arising as to where he is taking Tanzania, one the most respected countries in Africa.

Observations of an Expat: Erdogan and Putin cosy up

Reuters photo   By Tom Arms What is Erdogan up to? Whatever it is, it has Putin turning cartwheels through the Kremlin corridors.

Turkey: Erdogan’s Unbridled Ambition

AFP photo   By Grégory Wilson  On July 15, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan became the first president in Turkey’s modern history to still be in power after a military coup.

Journalists in Uganda advised not to register with Media Council

Edward Echwalu   By Robert Ssewankambo Journalists in Uganda have been urged not to accept to be licensed by the Media Council because it is illegitimate and pushing for unclear agendas, saying that all such acts are on the wrong side of history.

Philippines: President Duterte must break the cycle of human rights violations

By Amnesty International The Philippines’ new President Rodrigo Duterte must fulfil his inauguration pledge to uphold the country’s commitment to international law and lead a break with the country’s poor human rights record, human rights NGO Amnesty International have stated.

Zambia must release detained newspaper owner and staff

AFP photo   By Amnesty International Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release the owner of Zambian newspaper The Post, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta M’membe and the newspaper’s Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

Bangladesh urged to drop charges against Journalist

By Amnesty International Bangladeshi authorities must immediately and unconditionally drop trumped-up charges against a prominent journalist who could be jailed for more than a decade for a Facebook post, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

Zambia: Closure of independent newspaper ploy to crackdown on freedom of press

By Amnesty International The decision to shut down the independent newspaper, The Post, is a deliberate ploy to silence the media ahead of the election, said human rights NGO Amnesty International.

Eritrea must immediately and unconditionally release prisoners of conscience

By Amnesty International The Eritrean foreign minister’s confirmation that all politicians and journalists arbitrarily arrested in 2001 are alive is welcome news but they must now be immediately and unconditionally released, human rights NGO Amnesty International stated.

What Does Kenya’s Oppositionist Raila Odinga Really Want?

By Joe Khamisi This week I took the trouble to obtain and read the report of the subcommittee on African Affairs of the US Senate on what transpired in Kenya in 2007/2008. Titled “The immediate and underlying causes and consequences of Kenya’s flawed election,” the report is based on the hearings that took place on […]

Gambia: Crackdown and brutal repression in run up to elections

By Amnesty International Authorities in Gambia must free dozens of political prisoners and end the brutal crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly ahead of elections later this year or face suspension from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), Amnesty International said in a new report published today.

People in South Sudan with disabilities advocate for equal rights

By Peter Louis The newly established South Sudan Information Commission has been urged to ensure that people living with disabilities such as the deaf, blind and with other physical challenges have equal access to information as guaranteed in the South Sudan Right of Access to Information Act, 2013.

Case of Ugandan politician’s assault of journalist continues

By Robert Ssewankambo A Magistrates Court in the Ugandan town of Masaka on March 11th continued the criminal case against a ruling party politician, Eddie Ssansa, with a police officer testifying and producing a damaged smartphone which the Daily Monitor newspaper journalist Shamim Jjingo Nakawooya was using to record news when she was reportedly assaulted […]

Ugandan police arrest politicians and radio show host prior to election

By Robert Ssewankambo It has emerged that prior to the recent Ugandan presidential elections, police in the country’s Lira District arrested and detained the News Editor of Radio North FM, Richard Mungu Jakican and six politicians during a radio talk show accusing them of defacing President Museveni’s posters.

UNESCO welcomes establishment of autonomous South Sudan media authority

By Peter Louis UNESCO has welcomed the establishment of an autonomous Media Regulatory Authority in South Sudan, to oversee the media industry in terms of regulation, media development and issuance of broadcasting licenses.

Bangladesh’s top English news daily editor faces legal barrage

By Sheuli Akter The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed serious concerns over a barrage of legal cases filed against the editor and publisher of Bangladesh’s largest English daily newspaper.

Police assault journalists amid opposition rally in Ugandan elections

By Robert Ssewankambo A high profile police commander in Uganda’s Moroto District, Goerge Obia, on January 10th assaulted four journalists, damaging a video camera and confiscating three others amidst threats to shoot them if they did not heed his orders.

Uganda’s legislature at war with the Fourth Estate – Media

By Gloria Nakiyimba A war between the legislature and the media in Uganda has taken a new twist as the speaker of the Ugandan parliament Right Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga seeks to control journalists reporting from there.

Former parliamentary contestant charged with assault of journalist in Uganda

By Robert Ssewankambo Last week in a court in the central Ugandan town of Masaka, a former ruling National Resistance Movement party flag bearer contestant for Lwengo, Eddie Ssansa, was charged with assault and malicious damage to the property of a Daily Monitor journalist Shamim Jjingo Nakawooya.

Police in Uganda detain Journalist for photographing suspect in Court

  By Robert Ssewankambo A court reporter working with the Vision Group media outlet, Betty Amamukirori was last week arrested by police at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, in the suburb of Ugandan capital city Kampala, for photographing a suspect during a court break.

Human Rights Activist assaulted in the presence of local police in Uganda

  By Robert Ssewankambo Gerald Kankya, an activist working with the Twerwaneho Listeners’ Club (TLC), a community based governance organisation in Western Uganda, was allegedly attacked, assaulted and battered by approximately thirty club wielding men along Lugard Road in the town of Fort Portal on the afternoon of 23rdJanuary 2015.

Exhibit goes missing as investigating officer testifies in journalist’s assualt case

By Robert Ssewankambo Detective Assistant Superintendent of Police, Angenyo Moureen, who investigated an assault and malicious damage to property in the case of Ugandan Wavah Broadcasting Services (WBS) Television journalist, Andrew Lwanga, has on 14th January, testified against the former Division Police Commander of Old Kampala Police Station, Joram Mwesigye, who is accused of assaulting the […]