KAMPALA, 20 May 2013 – A free press is an essential part of a democracy. It is not a luxury. A free press holds the powerful and the wealthy to account. It asks questions. It investigates. It defends the weak. The press is not perfect.
Press freedom in Uganda, often said to be the best of the region’s bad lot, is quickly losing its status. It’s been slipping down into the bottom of the ranks. Earlier this year, international media group, Reporters Without Borders, released their press freedom index and Uganda dropped not two or three places – but a whole 43 to land at 139th place.