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Title: The Critical Analysis of the Right to Freedom of Expression in Uganda.
Authors: Bwambale, Donus
Keywords: Right to Freedom
Expression
Issue Date: Dec-2016
Publisher: Kampala International University, diploma degree of laws
Abstract: The right to freedom of expression is an important right in the functioning of a democratic society. Freedom of expression entails the right to hold opinion without interference and the rights to impart, seek and receive information and ideas, regardless of form, content, or source. It is an essential means by which citizens can influence their government and leaders. Freedom of expression is crucial for the development of a full democracy particularly in Uganda's revived multi-party system like media can play a critical role in promoting discussion and debate and ensuring political accountability. Under the NRM government, the media has gained considerable freedom and the member of media outlets has exploded. Statutory and regulatory measures, however, continue to limit freedom of the media, and the freedom of the press has declined considerably during the last five years and more. Journalists broadcasters continue to be subject to negative government reactions and interference. Public statements, judicial sanctions and arbitrary police actions have been employed to intimidate media practitioners critical of the current regime. These restrictive measures have created a level of self censorship, analysis and discussion. In addition, the prevailing economic pressure on the media industry compromises independence of the media. Joumalists are even poorly paid and often depend on government or civil society support to reach news centers. Restrictive legislation governing the operation of the media and provision criminalizing particular acts by the media several restrict journalists' and broadcasters' freedom and right to seek, receive and impart information and the public right to access such information. This in turn harms individual ability to fully exercise their rights and responsibilities in a multiparty democracy.
Description: A Research Dissertation Submitted To the School Of Law in Partial Fulfillment for the Requirements of the Award of the Diploma in Law of Kampala International University
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12306/13403
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