ActionAid International Uganda (AAIU) is concerned about the continuous and targeted attack and harassment of journalists, and particularly journalists covering the political campaigns in the lead up to the 2021 general elections. The threats, harassment, physical attack, and enforcement of an onerous compliance environment for journalists fits within a broader trend of obstruction of civic and professional duty and rights guaranteed by the Ugandan Constitution.
We remind the government of Uganda that the ability of journalists to speak truth to power, investigate abuses, contribute to and strengthen public debate is sacrosanct to a democratic society. ActionAid International Uganda joins the rest of civil society in condemning the targeted violation of the rights of journalists and obstruction of their work.
We stand in solidarity with the journalists’ fraternity in Uganda, their families and all those championing independent media, freedom of expression and access to information in Uganda as guaranteed by the constitution and laws of Uganda as a key pillar of democracy in Uganda.