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Government Is Being Sued Over Media Restrictions

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The Uganda government has been dragged to court over its recent orders against media coverage of defiance campaign and all activities of the major opposition political party Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the suit was lodged before the High Court last Friday by Legal Brains Trust, a civil society human rights watchdog.
A few weeks ago, while addressing journalists in Kampala, the Information minister Gen Jim Muhwezi, warned that any media house that goes on to broadcast live FDC’s defiance campaign activities as NBS TV used to, that it would be risking its license being revoked.
“Consequently, the people of Uganda have been kept in the dark about key political events and activities of the leading Opposition political party contrary to the tenets of democracy, human rights and the rule of law and that media ban was an insidious restriction on editorial freedom.” reads in the filed law suit by human rights watchdog.
The gag order by government came days after Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma issued an interim order banning all Forum for Democratic Change and Dr Besigye’s defiance campaign activities ahead of President Museveni’s swearing-in that was held last Thursday so now the watchdogs want the High Court to issue declaratory orders that the government’s gag order against the media is unlawful and should be lifted.

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