Uganda 🇺🇬 is an African country which practices Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Censorship was pervasive during Idi Amin Dada's dictatorships.

Yoweri Museveni's National Resistance Movement (NRM) has been dominant in Ugandan politics since 1986.

General censorship[]

As in many conservative African countries, government agencies continue to impinge on the LGBT rights in Uganda.

In late 2002, the independent Monitor newspaper was temporarily closed by the army and police. Journalists from the paper continued to come under attack in 2004, two of whom were publicly denounced as "rebel collaborators" by a spokesman for the UPDF.

In February 2004, the Supreme Court ruled the offence of "publication of false news" to be void and unconstitutional.

In 2005, Uganda was rated as the 13th most free press of 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa In 2010, Uganda was rated the 15th most free press of 48 countries.

On the 24th day of January 2012 Issac Kasamani, a photo journalist alleged in a newspaper report that he had been shot at by a police officer whilst covering an opposition rally. An independent investigation into this incident was immediately ordered and an independent report completed by a foreign national concluded that no live ammunition was fired on the date in question. Upon release of this report Ugandan Minister Hon. James Baba expressed concern over the standards of reporting surrounding the incident and announced his intention to look closely at media regulation. This is of international concern.

In November 2012, John Ssegawa, co-director of the critical State of the Nation play reported that Uganda's Media Council had decided to ban further showings. Ssegawa said the theatre production company would continue to stage the production and defy the ban.

Many media outlets belong to or are supporters of the NRM government.

Book censorship[]

Film censorship[]

  • Between 1972 and 1979, president Idi Amin's banned all foreign films in 1972 on the grounds that they contained "imperialist propaganda".
  • The Wolf of Wall Street - this film was banned in Uganda due to graphic sexual content and nudity as well as encouraging the use of illicit drugs, like in most other African countries.

Internet censorship[]

In September 2009 the OpenNet Initiative found little or no evidence of Internet filtering in all four areas (political, social, conflict/security, and Internet tools) for which it tests.

Though Uganda has made great technological strides in recent years, the country still faces a number of challenges in obtaining affordable, reliable Internet bandwidth. This, rather than a formal government-sponsored filtering regime, is the major obstacle to Internet access. Just prior to the presidential elections in February 2006, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) blocked the anti-government Web site RadioKatwe in the only internationally reported case of Internet filtering in Uganda to that date.

During the 2016 parliamentary elections, the government ordered the blocking of social media for 72 hours (18-21 February).

In July 2018, Uganda instituted a tax on "over the top" messaging and voice services, which includes social networks. Users must may a fee of 200 shillings (approx $0.06 USD) daily in order to use these services. The stated purpose of the law is to provide additional government revenue, and to control "gossip" being spread over these platforms. VPN services have also been blocked, after they were used by citizens to circumvent the tax. Amnesty International condemned the tax as being "a clear attempt to undermine the right to freedom of expression". Internet usage fell significantly after the tax was introduced.

Television censorship[]

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