Uganda blocks social networks, used as information tools

first_img Receive email alerts May 12, 2016 Uganda blocks social networks, used as information tools UgandaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionInternet News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regards Uganda’s blocking of social networks since yesterday, the eve of Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in for a fifth term as president, as an unacceptable free speech restriction and calls on the authorities to restore what are essential information tools for the public. Since yesterday afternoon, Ugandan citizens have been having difficulty in accessing Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, the three social networks routinely used by the country’s journalists to circulate news and information in real time. The trouble began just 20 minutes after a video was posted online showing main opposition leader Kizza Besigye, who has always rejected the results of the February presidential election, “swearing himself in” as president. The authorities said that social networks had been blocked for reasons linked to national security, without giving any further detail. “Disconnecting social networks like this is an unacceptable violation of the freedom of information of Uganda’s citizens,” RSF said. “We call on the Ugandan authorities to terminate this act of censorship, which violates Ugandan and international legal norms.” Kizza Besigye and his supporters were parading in Kampala, when the police started beating a female journalist of the Daily Monitor. Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda mentions in its press release of 12 May that another journalist of Channel 44 was injured by a rubber bullet in the leg and that two journalist of Salt FM and Delta TV were briefly arrested. The authorities already disconnected social networks during the 18 February election and recently ordered media outlets to stop covering opposition activities on pain of closure. Uganda is ranked 102nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in 2015, and the media freedom situation continues to deteriorate. Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Help by sharing this information News Yoweri Museveni on February 21, 2016 – ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP center_img Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily RSF_en Follow the news on Uganda Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election News to go further June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation UgandaAfrica Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionInternet January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more