Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Uganda Threatens to Shut Down Media Stations

Uganda's state communications regulator warned on Tuesday that its likely to close down more media outlets which are deemed to be inciting people in the ongoing protests against escalating food and fuel prices. According to a Ugandan official, last week's order to internet service providers to block the use of Facebook and Twitter was just a "caution.
The communications regulator has already directed Uganda's local television stations and radios to stop covering the protests live, blaming the coverage for the escalation of protests in recent days. Last week, the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni warned that government would step up a crackdown on protesters. At least four people have been killed in the crackdown, which also left dozens injured, according to the Red Cross.
The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights urged the Ugandan government on Monday to desist from excessive use of force during protests and guarantee people's right to freedom of assembly and expression.

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