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Stories about Uganda

2 June 2020

Making Swahili visible: Identity, language and the internet

Rising Voices

Swahili is the most widely spoken African language, but its visibility online is dismal. Kenyan language activist Bonface Witaba is working to change this.

15 May 2020

Women journalists in Uganda carry ‘double burden’ with online attacks and harassment

Advox

Women journalists in Uganda carry the double burden of gender-based abuse online and potential threats related to political reporting. These threats have led women journalists to withdraw from public discourse. 

Truck drivers blamed for spread of COVID-19 in East Africa

Truck drivers in East Africa face an onslaught of new COVID-19 mandates and restrictions in borders towns — causing confusion, fear, endless traffic queues, protests and disrupted trade.

9 March 2020

A ‘sweet’ deal: Sugar war ends between Tanzania and Uganda after years-long embargo

After a years-long ban on sugar imports from Uganda, Tanzania announced that it would open up trade on a government-to-government basis, strengthening ties within the East African Community.

18 December 2019

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

12 December 2019

Taxing dissent: Uganda’s social media dilemma

Advox

Uganda’s social media tax essentially amounted to an internet shutdown, driving thousands offline and silencing dissent for others.

4 December 2019

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

Advox

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

25 November 2019

Will Uganda shut down the internet as opposition heats up for 2021 elections?

Advox

As the 2021 election approaches, Uganda authorities are very likely to continue to crack down on political dissent, including through social media shutdowns.

15 October 2019

Rwanda deports American evangelical pastor accused of hate speech and visa violations

Many Rwandans lauded the US evangelical preacher's deportation, decrying hate speech in Rwanda. But supporters see it as an attack on faith-based organizations by the Kagame administration. 

23 July 2019

Is Mandarin Chinese the language of East Africa’s future?

As China strengthens its already robust trade and infrastructural ties with Africa, Chinese-government funded Confucius Institutes to teach Chinese Mandarin are on the rise.

8 July 2019

‘No Visa Mix': Tanzanian singeli stars denied visas to US music festival

"For those of you who still think of artists escaping to America, think about it again. It doesn’t make sense and you’ll lose the chance to see amazing performances."

21 June 2019

‘Is vagina a dirty word?’ Ugandan feminist Stella Nyanzi's court battle continues

Nyanzi battles for her freedom of expression. Besides this case, Nyanzi still faces charges other charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication.

Years after eviction by an oil extraction project, a Ugandan community waits for justice

The Bridge

Uganda’s oil reserves can potentially bring in revenue of over US$50 billion over 25 years, but extraction projects are happening in areas where land rights and tenure are not clearly...

13 June 2019

DRC Ebola outbreak spreads to neighboring Uganda, activating rapid preparedness response

Uganda has prepared for this moment: Three confirmed cases activate a strong Ebola response system of detection and prevention. Is this a "public health emergency of international concern"?

23 May 2019

Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, who taught the world ‘how to write about Africa,’ dies at 48

"There is only one Binyavanga Wainaina. He is an ancestor now. Let us celebrate his life." The world mourns the loss and honors the prolific life of Kenya's leading writer.

9 May 2019

Is Stella Nyanzi ‘weaponizing the vagina'? Ugandan feminist goes to court in free speech case

Advox

On her quest for good governance, Stella Nyanza is "unflinching in her criticism of the Ugandan government" and unafraid to tackle taboos around sex, gender and LGBT rights.

6 May 2019

Ugandan regulators order 13 media outlets to suspend staff over coverage of opposition figure

Advox

The Ugandan regulator says media houses that fail to comply with their directive could have their licenses revoked.

2 May 2019

Ugandan pop star politician Bobi Wine pens song on police brutality during house arrest

Ugandan musician and MP Bobi Wine's new song "Afande" critiques police brutality with a message of love and unity. "Why beat me? There is no difference between me and you!"

4 April 2019

Ugandan police shoot and kill man mistaken for a political assassin

The story of Ronald Ssebulime is bigger than meets the eyes with different accounts of who shot the "suspected assassin" and how he was killed. Will justice prevail?

8 February 2019

Uganda's social media tax is leaving people disconnected — and failing to meet revenue targets

Advox

Prior to the tax's implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the internet. Three months later, that number had fallen to 35 percent.

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