• ULS and LAP Win Big at FiRe Awards

    ULS and LAP Win Big at FiRe Awards

    ULS won 2 awards, and LAP won one award at the 2015 Annual FiRe (Financial Reporting) Awards on 19th November 2015 held at Serena Hotel, Kampala. The awards, organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAU), Capital Markets Authority (CMA) and Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) are aimed at improving the quality of financial and business reporting in Uganda.

  • ULS Members at Rule of Law Symposium

    ULS Members at Rule of Law Symposium

    A cross section of ULS Members who participated in the 8th Annual Rule of Law Symposium on 2nd October 2015

  • Police Brutality Press Conference

    Police Brutality Press Conference

    ULS President Ruth Sebatindira (m), flanked by the ULS Vice President Ernest Kalibbala (r) and Ag. ULS Executive Director Sam Olumo on 12th October addressing members of the fourth estate regarding the recent spate of incidents of police brutality

  • Sam Olumo Named New ULS Executive Director

    Sam Olumo Named New ULS Executive Director

    Mr. Samuel Olumo (black tie) has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Uganda Law Society. He was formerly the Head Professional Development and Members Affairs at the Society and replaces Grace Babihuga in the position.

President's Message

Dear Colleagues:

On Monday 16th November, 2015, a one Isaac Kugonza, a journalist, working with Delta TV was shot by police on the head in a scuffle while arresting the Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago. It is reported that a scan shows that Kugonza’s skull cracked and he lay unconscious for the rest of the day. Whereas police have picked Kugonza’s bills, Kugonza is reported to be the third journalist to be shot while covering political events in less than two months. Others are Matovu Enock of NTV who was shot on 29th October 2015 at Mityana and Ivan Vincent Mukisa on 15th of the same month in Jinja. A dozen others have been assaulted in the line of duty in the same period of time by police, politicians and mobs.

As we prepare to commemorate the International Human Rights Day (10 December), I would like to draw your attention to these assaults and attacks made on journalists as they carry out their work to convey news and information to the nation. Article 29 of our Constitution guarantees freedom of expression where we ought to safeguard press freedom and ensure protection of journalists. Instead, we have witnessed confiscation of cameras, physical assaults of journalists and in some cases shooting of journalists as they cover scenes of political activities.

Freedom of expression and access to information play a crucial role in good governance and transparency – indeed, press freedom is essential to ensure impact and accountability by our leaders and for the public to appreciate the level of professionalism of our armed forces. However, this fundamental human right is frequently restricted through tactics that include censorship, restrictive press legislation and harassment of journalists and others who voice their opinions.

For true freedom of expression to prevail, journalism must be authentic so that citizens may make responsible, informed choices rather than acting out of ignorance or misinformation. Attacks and harassment of journalists certainly do compromise the quality of information conveyed to the public. In this election period, everything we know about the election, for instance, from when it was announced through the primaries and now to the campaigns; we know it all from the media. The media has done and continues to do a commendable job during this election period by reporting on the developments that are shaping the election campaigns. We are able to listen to the candidates as they deliver their messiah messages. Our choices of our most favoured candidates should be informed by accurate reporting and not intimidated journalists that are beaten or tear-gassed.

It is undoubted that the media play a very critical role in the life of all human societies. The media provide the conduit necessary for all kinds of communication that helps societies exist and function. Protection of the rights of journalists is thus a critical prong for the existence of harmony in our societies and their rights should be upheld strictly.

Whereas our Legal Aid offices continue to work to provide free legal support, I call on each one of our members to stand by the journalists and provide legal help to protect the freedom of the press and ensure that freedom of expression is observed as enshrined in our Constitution.

For God and my Country.



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