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Stories about Uganda

10 February 2016

The Power of Social Media in Uganda's 2016 Elections

"Freedom of expression comes with responsibility to it. There are instances of irresponsible reporting and commenting on social media."

6 February 2016

Anxiety Over Government-Sanctioned Violence Engulfs Uganda as Elections Approach

"Don’t send your children to bring chaos in Kampala and cause confusion during elections, disrupt peace in the country, government will handle you…. you will be shot."

24 January 2016

Ugandans Take a Dig at President Museveni With 30-Year-Old Photos

As President Museveni seeks to be re-elected for a sixth term, Ugandans are using the hashtag #1986pictures to share their memories of that time -- and their political discontent.

10 January 2016

SMS Platform Empowers Small Scale Farmers in Uganda

"Wefarm is a Wikipedia for farmers, or as its founder describes it, 'Internet for people without Internet.'"

4 December 2015

Ugandan Teen Who Danced in Viral Music Video ‘Sitya Loss’ Dies in Bike Accident

" your short life, you have impacted the world through dance, more than some will ever do in a lifetime."

21 November 2015

Following the Paris Attacks, Some Africans Wonder If All Human Lives Are of Equal Value

“I refuse to acknowledge that some human beings are more special than the rest of us,” one Facebook user said.

18 November 2015

Africans Wonder What Pope Francis’ Visit Will Achieve for the Continent

Can the ‘political pope,’ as he is increasingly being called, advance peace and promote reconciliation in Africa where so many others have failed?

16 November 2015

Uganda’s Presidential Race Is Here Again, As Museveni Looks to Extend His 30-Year Rule

The campaigns have already exposed divisions in society, as President Museveni pushes to extend his presidency past a quarter century.

21 October 2015

Netizen Report: Uganda Vows to Step Up Online Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Free speech is under fire in East Africa: Two Facebook users have been charged under Tanzania's new cybercrime law, while new social media regs are on the horizon in Uganda.

13 October 2015

Outrage After Ugandan Police Strip a Female Opposition Official Naked in Public

"A regime that loses respect for women deserves no respect either"

20 September 2015

Ugandan Minister Mysteriously Dies, the Internet Goes Haywire

The sudden death of General Aronda, Uganda's Internal Affairs Minister and former Chief Of Defence Forces, created an outpouring of condolences and a wave of conspiracy theories on social media.

8 September 2015

Ugandan Musician Guvnor Ace's May-December Romance Becomes Fodder for Gossip

A 27-year-old musician, Guvnor Ace, has married a 68-year-old Swedish woman. Was it for love or money? Ugandans can't stop speculating, prompting him to release a song called "Old Woman".

26 July 2015

Uganda Ponders a Sustainable Future as MDGs Become SDGs

Uganda has made clear progress in meeting its development targets in some areas, and almost none in others.

24 July 2015

After Youth Activists’ Arrest, Ugandans Speak Out Against Police Impunity

"The Uganda police has been reduced into a small armed group that fights political opposition while part-timing at law keeping"

12 July 2015

It's No Picnic Being the Political Opposition in Uganda

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has been in office for 29 years, and a pair of high-profile arrests is now raising serious questions about the country's future.

29 June 2015

Can Social Media Create a Lasting Impact in Uganda?

"It beats my understanding when I sometimes visit the IT ministry website and it is down. I don’t get it."

15 June 2015

Arbitrary Arrests, Cybercrime, and Mass Mobile Adoption: Monitoring Digital Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices speaks to Tom Rhodes, the East Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, about the state of freedom of expression online in Sub-Saharan Africa.

12 June 2015

Ugandan Authorities Jail Facebook User for “Offensive” Comments About President Musveni

Global Voices Advocacy

Robert Shaka, a Ugandan IT specialist, is in jail for allegedly running the controversial TVO-Uganda Facebook page which is critical of Ugandan government.

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