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Uncertain future for the media in Uganda

The state of  press freedom in Uganda keeps deteriorating with each passing day.

Uganda is currently ranked number 132 out of 180 countries under the World Press Freedom Index 2022. Legal and sociopolitical restrictions continues to limit freedom of expression in Uganda. Journalists in the country face alarming dangers for critical reportage against President Yoweri Museveni’s style of governance.

In its latest report, Press Freedom Index 2022, Human Rights Network of Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda), reported 94 cases of human rights abuse and violations against journalists, and media houses.

According to HRNJ-Uganda, the hostile environment in which journalists and other media practitioners operate in Uganda has created endless tension and fear. In the face of these challenges, a considerable number of journalists have resorted to self-censorship, limiting press and media freedom.

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