Global Freedom of Expression

Journalism Blocked, Information Seized: A tale of how internet shutdown crippled media work in Uganda

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    Content Regulation / Censorship, Digital Rights, Internet Shutdowns

This report by Unwanted Witness sought to explore the impact of the recent internet shutdown on journalists during the election period in Uganda. It highlights the findings of a preliminary study that sought to establish the effect of the internet shutdown on the media’s role in covering and relaying information to citizens in an electoral process. In addition, it reveals the experiences journalists have with the internet shutdown and how it affects their work both in the city and countryside.

The study used qualitative and quantitative data collection tools that included conducting in-depth interviews with journalists and representatives of media houses.

It also explored, among other issues, how the development of technology, specifically the internet, is complementing the role of the media in Uganda and the economic impact of the internet shutdown on individual journalists and media houses.