By MEDIA Team
The Media and Democracy Initiative Africa (MEDIA), with support from the International Center for Not-for-profit Law (ICNL), has commenced a project which will enhance the safety of journalists in Uganda’s electoral context.
Titled Exploring Viable Public-private Strategies to End Electoral Violence against Journalists in Uganda, the project shall conduct a national survey on viable Public-private Strategies to End Electoral Violence against Journalists in Uganda and convene a National Stakeholders’ Roundtable to draw and adopt policy strategies.
The project will also publish a Policy Brief on Media and Election-Related Violence and a safety guidebook for journalists covering elections in Uganda.
The project is informed by the rationale that despite playing a key role in the electoral process, journalists have been intimidated, harassed and sometimes killed. There have been cases of security institutions raiding media houses, confiscating gadgets and kidnapping journalists owing to disputes over coverage.