Media freedom in Uganda: statement from Media Freedom Coalition members

Members of the Media Freedom Coalition issued a joint statement on media freedom ahead of the 14 January 2021 elections in Uganda.

The undersigned members of the Media Freedom Coalition express their concern about the situation for journalists and media freedom in the lead-up to the Ugandan elections of January 14, 2021.

People need free, independent, and impartial media to provide them with accurate and reliable information and informed analysis if governments are to be held to account.

We are concerned by reports of attacks and harassment of journalists, including those covering the country’s election campaigns. We join the international community in expressing serious concerns about the impact of these attacks on the development and maintenance of a healthy civic space in the run-up to the elections.

We note that it is important for journalists to be granted accreditation in order to cover the elections. We encourage the Government of Uganda to uphold the right to freedom of expression and opinion in Uganda and ensure a vibrant media space.

We ask that the Ugandan authorities investigate any attacks on the press and hold those responsible to account, and ensure that journalists are provided with the necessary protections, accreditation, and access that they need to do their jobs.

Signed:

Australia
Denmark
Luxembourg
Austria
Estonia
the Netherlands
Bulgaria
France
Slovenia
Canada
Germany
Switzerland
Costa Rica
Iceland
the United Kingdom
Czechia
Latvia
the United States

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