Freedom of the Press

Uganda

Uganda

Freedom of the Press 2002

2002 Scores

Press Status

Partly Free

Press Freedom Score
(0 = best, 100 = worst)

42

Political Environment
(0 = best, 40 = worst)

15

Economic Environment
(0 = best, 30 = worst)

13

The government occasionally overrides constitutional provisions for freedom of speech and of the press by applying outdated sedition and false information laws against journalists. Police sometimes hold journalists for questioning. The media generally are free to criticize officials. Two dozen privately owned publications, often highly critical of the government, are readily available. The government controls one television channel and the radio station with the largest audience. Opposition political parties receive minimal coverage by any media. In rural areas, the largest newspapers and broadcasters are state-owned.