Media in East Africa under threat from punitive laws
Saturday October 28 2017
Journalists at work. Media freedom is at risk in East Africa despite friendly laws. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Rights groups recently produced a report documenting 16 incidents of death threats against journalists and bloggers across Kenya, and cases in which police arbitrarily arrested, detained and later released without charge at least 14 journalists and bloggers.
In Uganda, laws like the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001 holds journalists criminally liable if they are found communicating with a terrorist or terrorist organisation. Journalists could also fall foul of the law for among others “promoting terrorism” purely because of their work.