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High handedness in enforcing the presidential directives on public transport as a measure to limit the spread of COVID 19.

On 26th March 2020, Two people are admitted to hospital after they were shot by police officers deployed to enforce President Museveni’s suspension of public transport in a bid to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID 19).
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Communication Commission issues Worrisome Directives to Media Houses.

On 30 April 2019, the Uganda Communications Commission issued worrisome directives to seven radio stations and six television stations ordering management of these media houses to immediately suspend Producers, Heads of News, and Heads of Programmes, pending investigations of alleged “repeated breach of the minimum broadcasting standards.
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Media Reporters Attacked and beaten for recording speech.

On January 11, 2016, Ali Golooba, a reporter working with Masaka district-based Radio Buddu FM was attacked by six private guards of an NRM parliamentary candidate and beaten up for recording their candidate’s speech.
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Freedom of Expression and Assembly

In July, the government implemented a social media tax requiring users of WhatsApp, Twitter, and Facebook, among other sites, to pay a daily fee of 200 Ugandan Shillings (US$0.05). At a protest march against the tax in Kampala on July 11, police fired live bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstration which the police deemed “illegal.”
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