Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Uganda
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Uganda, February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5678ec.html [accessed 14 October 2015]|
The state-run Uganda Broadcasting Council removed key equipment used by the independent station NTV Uganda from the state-owned national transmitter in the capital, Kampala, in late January. Authorities cited safety risks associated with the weight of NTV's equipment. The station returned to the air in April.
In August, the Uganda Broadcasting Council suspended Capital FM presenter Gaetano Kaggwa and producer George Manyali for one week for alleged "unacceptable language" during a debate with a lesbian activist on their morning talk show.
In October, two assailants, later identified by police as having links to the queen mother of Uganda's western kingdom of Tooro, poured acid over the transmitter of Life FM in the western town of Fort Portal. The attack, which forced the station off the air for five days, was linked to a weekly late-night talk program featuring a panel of local civic leaders who criticized government services in the area. The program had drawn public complaints from President Yoweri Museveni, according to news reports and local journalists.