Catherine Anite

Catherine Anite is a Ugandan Human Rights advocate, focusing on the promotion and defense of freedom of expression, media rights, and access to information. She has over four years’ experience working with journalists, women, children and refugees. She is the Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda, where she defends and represents journalists at police stations and Courts of Law, analyzes and publicizes laws and policies that impede on freedom of expression, publishes work on media rights, trains journalists on professional standards, promotes media self-regulation and spearheads media rights campaigns. In September 2014 she successfully argued a case which created new jurisprudence on open justice for journalists in Uganda. Catherine and two other lawyers have challenged the constitutionality of the Press and Journalist Act and the Uganda Communications Act in the Constitutional Court of Uganda. She has also filed a Reference at the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania, challenging the offence of criminal defamation. In 2012, Catherine was selected by Avocats Sans Frontiers and the East African Law Society in an EU Human Rights Defenders project to constitute a pool of human rights lawyers to defend rights in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region. Besides being a judge at the E. Price international media moot court at the University of Oxford in England, she was also selected by the U.S State Department in 2014 to participate in President Obama’s Washington Fellowship program for Young African Leaders, where she studied civic leadership at the University of Delaware. She has volunteered as a lawyer with the Women Lawyers Association (FIDA), Uganda Human Rights Commission, and Danish Refugee Council. Catherine holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honors) in Law from Makerere University, Uganda and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala.