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May 3, 2018

SOLIDARITY MESSAGE ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY

Freedom of expression including the media is the cornerstone of any democracy. The right to information and the right to access such information is vital for the growth of society, no less the Ugandan society. As the world commemorates the World Press Freedom Day, the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative recognizes the efforts of the Ugandan media, who, against all odds have been at the forefront in the struggle for respect for human rights, democracy and rule of law in Uganda.

Participants of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the Railway Grounds in Kampala on 3rd May 2018.

We invite the government of Uganda and her agencies to uphold the freedom of media, create an enabling environment for journalists to report without unnecessary harassment, intimidation and fear of reprisals. Law enforcement agencies in particular should desist from making unwarranted attacks against media personnel-reporters, editors, media proprietors in whatever form. Beatings, confiscation of cameras, denial of access, arbitrary arrests of journalists should be a thing of the past. Journalists should also report objectively and professionally taking great care not to injure the reputation and privacy of others. We salute our media for being brave and keeping Ugandans informed. Together we stand for Media Freedom in Uganda.

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