[FoME] African Media Barometer Uganda 2012

Nora Thoma nora at fesmedia.org
Mi Nov 14 13:19:45 CET 2012


Dear all,


African Media Barometer Uganda 2012

Uganda's constitution guarantees not only freedom of expression but also the
right to access information. In spite of this, a growing number of
repressive laws undermine these freedoms. State surveillance structures
create a climate of fear among journalists, resulting in increasing
self-censorship, and decreasing investigative reporting. Even though the
Access to Information Act of 2005 was operationalized in April 2011 media
houses are often not able to obtain documents from state authorities and
hence refrain from publishing stories, fearing the legal implications of not
reporting accurately.The national broadcaster is still state owned and lacks
independence. Community broadcasters operate in an unclear regulatory
environment exposing them to state interference. Corruption among
journalists is on the increase due to worsening working conditions in the
less well established media houses. The self-regulatory Independent Media
Council of Uganda (IMCU) has failed to take off and is not operating. The
lack of unity among media organisations as well as government resistance to
the IMCU may have contributed to its failure. On the positive side, a
constitutional ruling in August 2010 abolished the law on sedition.  This
led to the throwing out of a number of government cases against journalists
who were charged under this law. 


Please find attached the AMB Uganda or check it out on our website where you
can find more AMBs!
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Enjoy the read!


Kind regards,





Nora Thoma 

Programme Officer

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

fesmedia Africa


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