Press Statement on Freedom of Expression and Ban of Media Houses from Broadcasting Opposition Gatherings in Uganda

Press Statement on Freedom of Expression and Ban of Media Houses from Broadcasting Opposition Gatherings in Uganda

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information through any media and regardless of frontiers. The ban violates the Freedom of Expression as a human right.

Following the ban of the Government of Uganda to media houses broadcasting Opposition gatherings on the 5th May 2016, ILICIT Africa seeks to express its disappointment in the government of Uganda for the act caused which violates the rights of the citizens and Press in Uganda which has violated global principles of Human rights. Press freedom violations have undermined Uganda’s vision of transparency.

Press freedom has been lost as a result of the political situation in Uganda with the incumbent government. Furthermore, the media in Uganda has lost its freedom of expression and ability to share information nationally and globally following the ban which has finally been enacted in Uganda. This has been trending with restriction of media houses to report or broadcast provisional results and the house arrest of the opposition leaders after the election results.

Amidst the trending poor state of the nation, the livelihoods of the indigenous people continue to be affected each day, from the poor state of service delivery to critical infrastructure like roads.

ILICIT Africa would like to report to the African Union based on the Africa commission on Human and People’s Rights with the adoption of Resolution 71 at the 36th Ordinary Session Union which whose mandate was renewed at the 42nd Session, Bullet 3, 4 and 5 of the mandate called for the Special Rapporteur to monitor the member states on violations of freedom of expression which Uganda being a signatory happens to fall victim of violations of the mandate with the banning of sharing of information. Uganda has been facing a systematic violation of the right of freedom of expression and denial of access of information which is raising a concern since it affects the livelihoods of the nationals.

The African Union declared 2016 as the year of Human Rights with an emphasis on Freedom of Expression.

Daniel K. Nanghaka
Executive Director

 

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Optimizing Technology in Rural Areas of Uganda

During An Anxio Mina’s working with research associate Daniel Nanghaka, time in Uganda – An spent approximately two and a half weeks total in northern Uganda at Aber Youth Center taking closer looks at different models for engaging youth with technology.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) model is a commonly-applied one in youth centers in Uganda. Basing on a focused group of 20 youth and 5 trainers; and each trainer training 4 youth around a single laptop or computer. This TOT model had a lot of potential for a more ground-up system, co-designed with the youth. In addition to training their peers, youth leaders taking feedback from them and communicating the feedback Lead Trainers. This was based on the fact that the youth felt more confident in their work and enhances active leadership role.

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This method is one of the key methodologies that is going to be implemented by the Training of the youth in other rural areas of Uganda with a development taking place at Ignite Africa in Bududa, the Ignite Hub looks forward to bring youth to discover the strength and potential of ICT. Daniel Nanghaka being a research Associate is looking forward to implementing this method to enhance the capacity of ICT in various rural areas of Africa looking at the successive implementation of the Aber Youth Centre. It was discovered the youth come from as far as Atura and come to Aber town a distance of over 10km looking for computer facilities to be able to interact with the computer – by this there is a need to set up an access point that the youth can come to such that they can be able to use the internet.

Overcoming Language Barriers

“As Daniel spoke the local language of Aber, he was able to facilitate more engaged trainings with the youth. However, I noticed that youth still struggled with the operating system, as they have limited literacy with the English language. Until local language solutions can be developed, it is ideal to have a bilingual trainer. Youth have enough facility with English that they can understand prompts such as “Name”, “Message” and “Subject” (such as for email) with a slight nudge from a local language speaker.

Overall, however, more time is needed to foster computer literacy. In addition to language barriers, basic skills such as typing, navigating UIs and understanding simple processes like closing a window require time and practice. I experimented with a paper model to help youth practice without a computer, but real time at the computer is the best solution.” An Anxio Mina

Ignite Africa looks to extend the ability of the youth to be able to use appropriate ICT technologies and will be trained to use Open Source Software for example Ubuntu Operating System to reduce the cost of licensing and using pirated Software. Furthermore, adopt to the growing strength and use of the Internet, the youth will be trained using Web 2.0 technologies and Social media – this enhances there skills as they will be adopting the quick collaborative and communicating methods.

Hardware and Space

To ensure that there is constant technology, the Ignite Hub will provide a subsidized computer set a clone of the computer hardware in that was donated to Aber by UNICEF and a stable internet connection as a requirement to enhance usage. These will be monitored based on the Training that will be taking place at the Ignite Hub.

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An mentions “… computers remain designed for one person to use, and only three people–the main user and two people standing next to that person–can actually see the screen clearly. The rest were relegated to looking over someone’s shoulder or just listening without being able to see the screen…”

Ignite Africa looks forward strongly at bridging the digital divide and rural accessibility of the Internet. The implementation plan is currently being design and will be shared for those who are willing to be part of the goal to achieve a stable digital divide.

Some parts of this extract were got from Field Notes – Optimizing Technology in Rural Areas of Uganda written by An Axio Mina, and Daniel Nanghaka, founder of Ignite Africa was the Research Associate