Media face closure amid Museveni’s inauguration
By Gerald BUSINGE in Kampala, Uganda
KAMPALA, (CAJ News) – IN what has been denounced as an affront to media freedom, Uganda is threatening to close publications and stations that cover opposition protests and question the conduct of the recent presidential election.
The onslaught comes after the East African country political opposition called for nationwide protests to mark the inauguration ceremony for President Yoweri Museveni’s fifth term, scheduled to for Kampala on Thursday.
Opposition parties disputed the poll outcome citing local and international observers, alleging the elections were marked by irregularities and should be re-run. Ugandan authorities say the poll was fair, and in late April obtained a court order declaring the protests illegal.
Government officials have threatened media covering such demonstrations with closure.
Minister for Information and National Guidance, Jim Muhwezi, warned any media house that continues to cover them risks having their license revoked.
Those who cover the protests on social media could also be punished.
“The Ugandan government must stop trying to bully the media into silence,” Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) Deputy Executive Director Robert Mahoney, said.
“Political protests are news and the press has a duty to the public to report on them.”
CPJ research has found that attacks against reporters covering the election have produced a climate of fear among Ugandan journalists.
– CAJ News
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