Freedom of expression, the press and law in the east African community: erspectives from Uganda

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University of Dar es Salaam
Free Press and expression is entrenched in various instruments including; the UDHR, ICCPR, ACHPR, ECHR and others. The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, 1995 guarantees free expression but exerts a limitation to its enjoyment in public interest. The media industry in Uganda is liberalised. The result has seen over 12 Television stations, 270 radio stations and dozens of print media houses established. This though impressive does not answer fundamental questions with regard to the commitment of the State to allow the media houses exercise their press freedom. There are several laws that are stifling this right. These include: the Press and Journalists Act 2000; the Uganda Communications Act 2013; Public Order Management Act 2013; the Penal Code Act Cap 120; the Anti-Terrorism Act 2002. Uganda being a member of the East African Community has got obligations with respect to good governance, rule of law and democracy. These impacts on the role the media is supposed to undertake to promote the East African Community.The E.A.C Treaty recognizes the role of the media. First, it emphsises the principles of good governance and rule of law; Secondly, it gives prominence to the African Charter.Thirdly,it recognizes the role of the mass media in promoting the objectives of the community, for example promotion of culture and sports in the community. Uganda should draw inspiration from International Law principles and the jurisprudence from the regional courts that have shaped the acceptable standards with respect to freedom of expression.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF KQE10.E55 )
Freedom of Speech, East African Community, Freedom of the press, Uganda, law
Emmanuel, E. (2014) Freedom of expression, the press and law in the east African community: erspectives from Uganda, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.