US surveillance programmes restricting press freedom – Report

A rally against mass surveillance last year. (Photo by Rena Schild)

By Hamish Boland-Rudder U.S. government surveillance programmes are scaring away sources, making journalists feel like criminals and spies, and impacting the public’s access to quality news reporting, according to a new report released today. The 130-page With Liberty to Monitor All report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union was based on 92 interviews with journalists, lawyers, and former and current U.S. government officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity. Within the context of recent revelations of widespread surveillance by US authorities, including by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the report seeks to document how government spying has affected not just the work of … Continue reading

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Museveni and Kayihura implicated in Bundibugyo killings

Some of the suspects held after the Bundibugyo attacks early this month.

By Staff Writer An opposition group led by Gen David Sejusa is claiming that the recent killing of civilians in Bundibugyo, Kasese and Ntoroko Districts in Western Uganda were carried out on the orders of the Ugandan leader Gen Yoweri Museveni, and his police chief Gen Kalekyezi Kayihura. In a statement issued this evening, the Coalition of Liberation Forces (CLF) whose Chairman is Gen Sejusa said it has credible information which it says it will provide at a later date, that President Museveni and Gen Kayihura were responsible for the murders of innocent Ugandans killed after military and police posts in these districts were attacked by forces opposed to the … Continue reading

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Call for US to disinvite Museveni from the US-AFRICA summit

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By Milton Allimadi As African leaders prepare their private jets to take them for a meeting with the world’s most powerful leader, there are very many reasons why US President Barack Obama should dis-invite Uganda’s dictator of 28 years now, Gen Yoweri Museveni from the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit that kicks off from August 4 to 6, 2014 in Washington, D.C. In 2009, when he addressed Ghana’s Parliament in Accra, but essentially spoke to the entire continent, the US leader declared: “Africa doesn’t need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Gen Museveni epitomizes destructive tyranny in Africa. His militarism has ruined Uganda and much of the East and Central Africa region. Here … Continue reading

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Gen Sejusa parts company with late Col Ogole’s group

Free Uganda Chairman Gen David Sejusa: "With the passing of Col Ogole, many things, even those not necessarily operational, have become unclear."

By Henry D Gombya The cooperation between two Ugandan groups that joined in the formation of the Freedom and Unity Front (FUF) has come to a sudden end. The Free Uganda (FU), an opposition group led by Gen David Sejusa, joined the Citizens for the Defence of the Constitution (CDC) then led by the late Lt Col John Ogole and other Ugandan opposition groups to form the FUF last year. In a statement handed to The London Evening Post by the FU, it was said that since its formation, the FUF has faced “a number of challenges which have become increasingly difficult to surmount”. The idea of uniting both the … Continue reading

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FUF Chairman denies Ugandan opposition group is breaking up

FUF Chairman Prof Amii Omara-Otunnu: "FUF has worked diligently to form practical and productive working relationships with other Ugandan groups for the common and greater good of the country."

By Staff Writer The leader of the Freedom and Unity Front (FUF) has been forced to issue a statement denying the organisation was on the brink of a break-up. Prof Amii Omara-Otunnu who is the Chairman of the FUF strongly defended his organisation saying since its formation late last year it has grown very strongly and is currently in the process of championing national reconciliation and healing. Prof Omara-Otunnu’s statement comes in the wake of a statement issued recently by Gen David Sejusa, a founding member of FUF, announcing the formation of a military organisation in which the FUF leader wasn’t mentioned anywhere. This led to rumours that the FUF was on the brink of … Continue reading

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