Andrew Mwenda

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Journalists at the Monitor cheer the court's ruling to strike down sedition. (Monitor)
With surprise and relief, Ugandan journalists, who routinely face the police's "media crimes" unit, welcomed a partial victory for press freedom on Wednesday. The country's constitutional court had ruled that criminal sedition was unconstitutional. Even so, there was a consensus that more legal press battles lie ahead.  
New York, August 26, 2010--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes Wednesday's ruling by Uganda's Constitutional Court declaring the country's criminal sedition offense, which has been used to prosecute journalists, unconstitutional.
Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill has received considerable international attention, particularly concerning its harsh criminal sanctions, but another piece of repressive legislation threatens to criminalize the activities of another maligned group: the vibrant independent press in this East African nation at the confluence of Africa’s largest lake (Victoria) and the world’s longest river (Nile). 

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