Repeal laws that inhibit
freedom of expression
on and offline, including
Sections 24 and 25 of the
Computer Misuse Act on
cyber harassment and
offensive speech.
Repeal Section 179 of the Penal
Code on criminal defamation,
and Section 31 of the Uganda
Communications Act on
minimum broadcasting standards
The Computer Misuse Act is often used to
prosecute critical voices. In November 2017,
New Vision Editor, Felix Osike, was charged
with offensive communication for writing about
the Police Chief.12
In 2019, Dr. Stella Nyanzi, was convicted of
cyber harassment under Section 24 of the Act
and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment
for insulting the president in a social media
post. She was however aquitted of offensive
communications as provided for under Section
25 of the same Act.
In June 2019, the editor of Drone Media was also
charged under Sections 24 and 25 of the Act.13,
along with Pidson Kareire, who was charged
with criminal defamation..
In April 2019, several media houses and
journalists were reprimanded by UCC for
violating minimum broadcasting standards.14

Fully respect, protect and
promote the right to privacy
of persons l through effective
implementation of laws.
Ratify the African Union
Convention on Cyber Security
and Personal Data protection
so as to improve data protection
and privacy of the individual
nationally and across borders.
The Ugandan government in 2019 used
Huawei technologies to spy on the opposition
politicians on various digital platforms. 15
Reports indicate that the WhatApp account
of Robert Kyagulanyi was hacked by the
government with the help of Huawei so as to
monitor him and his supporters.16
Huawei facial recognition technology 17
was purportedly used to crack down on
government critics leading to the arrest of
over 836 suspects during protests. 18
In 2018, security operatives from Internal
Security Organisation (ISO) stormed the
data centre of the mobile telecom network
MTN, which is the largest telecom operator
in the country, without a search warrant and
accessed confidential data, including call data
records of individuals.19

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