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US Ambassador: Press Freedom under attack in Uganda

The United States Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Ruth Malac has said freedom of press is under attack in the country and journalists outside Kampala are even facing a tougher environment.

According to Ms. Malac who on Tuesday evening officiated at the launch of Uganda Press Photo Award book in Kampala, the struggle for freedom of expression is universal but reporters are still facing unique challenges.

“Challenges still exist and journalists do experience them in the line of duty,” she said.

The ambassador appealed to all stakeholders and consumers of media work to join hands in activities rooting for fair and free media environment.

“Press freedom is under assault in Uganda. It needs all our efforts to make things better for journalists and it’s achievable.”

Ambassador Malac stressed that free press is one of the strongest pillars of democracy that should be embraced by all nations.

The book launch organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Uganda (FCAU) with the support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, showcased the first five years of Uganda Press Photo Award project highlighting photography development in the media.

Selected photo journalists shared their experience and how the UPPA award has improved their quality of work.

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The FCAU Co-Chairperson, Michael O’Hagan told journalists who attended the event that, the association is committed to pushing for free media environment and also offering professional support to journalists.

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