- The Journalists in West Nile have called for safety, improved welfare at the media houses to be as a priority
- In 2017, a group of supporters of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga, stormed state owned Arua One Fm, demanding the News Editor to retract the news segment aired about the MP who found urinating in public
- In Moyo in West Nile Sub-region, police blocked a talk show paid up by Aulogo Youth Initiative on Trans Nile Broadcasting Services (TBS)
- These disgraceful unfolding events against the media in West Nile should not be taken lightly
West Nile-As Journalists across the globe marks the World Press Freedom Day, the government of Uganda needs to heed to the calls of UNESCO that says a free, pluralistic and independent news media, on all platforms, is important for facilitating good governance and transparency.
And so just like in the West Nile region, the journalists have called for safety and condemned the actions of Uganda Communications Commission which has taken to closing radio stations and passing endless directives to media houses. Stephen Candia, a member of West Nile Press Association, says unsafe ground was an impediment to free press. He says the public should appreciate the role media plays for them.
Within the much-broadened media landscape, news media still remain central conduits for ongoing public assessments of the activities of government and other institutions that have developmental impact.
Today we pay tribute to the gallant arm-less Voice of the Voiceless ladies and gentlemen who play a key role in ensuring public accountability and democracy. Reflect on the pictures…
Journalist Mulindwa Mukasa filming a proceeding during a training by Human Rights Network for Journalists in Arua. He was among the Journalists who faced the wrath of of the police especially during protests in Kampala. The Journalists have asked for safety and respect of media freedom in Uganda. Photo by Felix.
Members of West Nile Press Association marching earlier to celebrate the day. But the continued directives by UCC has made the media houses these journalists work for to operate with fear of being closed. So this renders the press freedom meaningless if UCC does not restrain itself from the un-called for directives. So far, Nile Fm and Pakwach Fm have been closed by UCC. This has rendered the workers jobless. Photo by Felix.
A police detective (in coat) removing a handcuff from Journalist Andrew Amvesi after he was arrested for allegedly publishing a story perceived to be negative against a CID officer in Koboko district in 2014. The media landscape is still volatile for Journalists in West Nile as there are more attacks and arrests are being made. Photo by Felix.
Journalist Chris Agwokotho of Nebbi taking a photo during a session. The Photojournalists have been the main target of attacks especially during protests. The Public officers and the police tend to shy away from photographic evidence. Photo by Felix.
Media Activists, John Wasswa and Haruna Kanabi discussing about the press freedom on Arua One Fm recently. The radio stations provide a key platform for providing public accountability and keeping the government in check always. Photo by Felix.
Police Public Relations Officer for West Nile, Josephine Angucia giving speech during HRNJ meeting in Arua. The police have always been faulted in various Human Rights Reports of leading in abuse of rights of Journalists. They have severally brutalized Journalists especially during protests and used by the state to implement draconian laws against the media. Photo by Felix.
Journalists, Franklin Draku, Felix Warom (All Daily Monitor), Hafiz Bakhit (Arua One Fm), Emmanuel Ojok (Radio Pacis) and Annet Lekuru (Freelance) after receiving awards during in the National Journalism Awards by ACME. Despite the unfriendly media landscape, the journalists have continued to excel and be appreciated by those who value their work. Courtesy Photo.