Journalists body UJA and UPFM set up a journalist legal fund

Date: 2022-03-28

By Kalule Paddy

Uganda Journalists  Association (UJA) and Uganda Parliament Forum on Media (UPFM) have embarked on an initiative to set up a legal fund worth 100 million to hire good lawyers and to handle on-going cases of journalists rights violation.

According to the UPFM chairperson also Mpigi district Woman Member of parliament Hon. Teddy Nambooze, the motive of the fund is stop the rights violations and excessive use of force against Journalists.

“We have established a legal team for receiving and working on all cases of infringement on the rights of the Journalists without any cost charged, we have discovered that many Journalists who have faced the wrath of errant security operatives and individuals have given up on various cases prematurely due to heavy costs of legal services in Uganda.

 By this we have established a legal fund of UGShs 100M that is going to be used to support UJA be able to hire good lawyers to handle on-going cases like one against UPDF among others. We’re going to raise this money by engaging both local and foreign funders” Said Nambooze

Nambooze said there are fresh cases they are closely following which include the one where Mpigi based Nation Media reporter Brian Adams Kesiime who was arbitrarily assaulted by a security officer in UPDF uniform while trying to disperse Hon. Yusuf Nsibambi's electricity launch at Lwamikoma-Bukasa in Kituntu Sub-county.

The establishment of the legal fund is among the 5 points program they will conduct throughout their term which is primarily premised on safeguarding media practitioners against degrading treatment and promotion of professional Journalism.

Other programs include:  the resurrection of ethics-based journalism, creating a Media that add value to the community, 4. Addressing in-house challenges faced by the owners and a Review of the existing media legal frameworks and policies.


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