AFEX Congratulates Ugandan Human Rights Group on Prestigious International Awards

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) congratulates Uganda’s Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-Uganda), on the receipt of the prestigious Lord Astor Award from the London-based Commonwealth Journalists Association. The award is in recognition of its outstanding contribution in defending free speech and press freedom in Uganda.

AFEX also applauds the National Coordinator of HRNJ-Uganda, Robert Ssempala, who received the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award for the year 2016 for his relentless effort in defending journalists’ rights in the country.

As a committed member of the continental body of freedom of expression organisations, AFEX acknowledges the tremendous effort of HRNJ-Uganda in press freedom advocacy. The HRNJ-Uganda has over the years, contributed immensely in defending persecuted journalists and advocating for a safe environment for journalists to carry out their work.

We are confident this award will motivate you as well as other human rights defenders to continue to work tirelessly to promote freedom of expression in Africa.

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