Stop press

 
Published: Sunday 30 April 2006

Developmental Projects Uganda

Any criticism of developmental projects in Uganda would be deemed a serious offence by its government. Days after the deportation of Canadian journalist Blake Lambert from Uganda, the country's minister for information, Nsaba Buturo, has said the government will continue to be stringent on journalists who "are not interested in seeing improvements in the country."

He maintained that the deportation of Lambert does not mean the government is cracking down on the freedom of press. "Lambert went beyond what he should have done. He wrote stories to make people in other countries believe that Uganda is a bad country," Buturo said. Lambert, a correspondent for the international news magazine, The Economist, was deported by the Uganda government on March 9, 2006. In the last four years, he had written extensively on corruption in developmental projects in the country.

Choice fm, an independent radio station, was ordered shut on the ground that it endangered national security. Buturo also alleged that Choice flouted the country's Media Act by operating without a licence.

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