Unnecessary and Disproportionate

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Author: Wakini Njogu

This report explores how journalism and the online civic space were impacted by the 2021 Ugandan internet shutdown as they sought to provide accurate electoral information to citizens. It analyses journalists’ and activists’ preparedness for the internet shutdown, lessons learned, how the extended Facebook block affected their work and media freedom in the country. It then offers recommendations to different stakeholders on ways to resist and better respond to all forms of internet shutdowns. The report closes with testimonials that shed light on the personal stories of journalists and activists who recounted their experiences navigating the shutdown.

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