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What threatens press freedom today?

The lack of transparency about how algorithms sort people into groups and prioritise messages COMMENT | JAN-WERNER MUELLER | Donald Trump’s presidency was bookended by the White House pushing “alternative facts” about the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration at the US Capitol and his violent supporters scrawling “Murder …

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EU, US embassy concerned over growing abuse of journalists

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The European Union -EU Delegation to Uganda has expressed concern about situations of arrest and assault of journalists implicating security personnel that rarely progress to prosecution. Nicolaj Petersen, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda aired the EU’s concern while delivering a speech at the Uganda Editors’ …

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Abuse of journalists

How it hurts Uganda’s ranking in the world | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has a bad underlying environment for journalists and taken together with the many acts of violence and abuses against journalists, has a very bad press freedom ranking compared to other countries. That is what the latest Press …

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Coronavirus pandemic ‘amplifies press freedom threats’

Paris, France | AFP | The coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating threats to press freedom around the world, with authoritarian states including China and Iran suppressing details of the outbreak, activists said on Tuesday. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual press freedom rankings that the pandemic was “highlighting and …

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MPs task gov’t to respect media freedom

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Opposition Members of Parliament have tasked the government to respect press freedom and call to order the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) over directives requiring media houses to suspend staff. In a plenary session on Thursday chaired by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, Kira Municipality MP Ibrahim …

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ACME, Amnesty International condemn UCC ‘s directive to media houses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Amnesty International has described a directive from Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) to suspend staff of several media houses as blatant attack on press freedom. “This order from Uganda’s communications commission represents a blatant attack on press freedom and a lamentable tendency towards state censorship,” she …

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Journalists ‘suffocating’ in Magufuli’s Tanzania

In Uganda, Police top list of perpetrators of attacks on journalists for fourth year Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | AFP |  Press freedom in Tanzania is being squeezed under President John Magufuli, leaving journalists fearful. France-based watchdog Reporters Without Borders (known by its French acronym, RSF) ranked Tanzania 83rd out …

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Uganda drops 10 places in World Press Freedom Index

The constant attacks on journalists by security operatives have seen Uganda drop 10 by places in the just released 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Uganda stands at 112, down from 102 it occupied last year with an index score of 35.94. The attacks on journalists shot up before and after …

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COMMENT: Trump and rebirth of press freedom

In a healthy democracy, the press helps citizens hold the government accountable, by vigorously interrogating official policies and behavior By: Tony Karon U.S President Donald Trump’s administration has shocked the mainstream press by bullying news outlets and unabashedly trafficking in “alternative facts” (also known as lies). But Trump’s challenge to …

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