Africa, Media, Politics

Court scraps sedition laws in Uganda

By Andy Rice 25 August 2010

The constitutional court of Uganda declared a sedition law unconstitutional today, effectively scrapping several criminal cases against journalists. The sections of the penal code which dealt with sedition were unconstitutional, because sedition was so broadly defined, they impinge on the right to free speech. The ruling came after a journalist, Andrew Mwenda, appealed against sedition charges brought against him after he speculated on the involvement of Ugandan authorities in the death of South Sudan leader John Garang, in 2005. Garang died in a helicopter crash, shortly after leaving Uganda. Read more: The APF, via CapitalFM.

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