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Key Individuals:
Saimon Bikeke

Project owner/Host organisation:
Umbrella for Journalists Kasese (UJK)

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Project objective categories: 
Advocacy Tech, Civic data

Project technologies: 
Social Media, Website

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Safety for journalists in an unsafe society

Post Status: Active
Initiative recipient country/countries: Uganda
Initiative dates: 2016 –
Last updated: 31 October 2023

Initiative Description

Umbrella for Journalists in Kasese (UJK) is an indigenous organisation that is contributing to defending media rights and improving the working conditions of journalists of in Rwenzori Sub Region. UJK also works towards promoting and protecting media freedom, professionalism and ethical standards in the media industry. They are also using digital platforms/tools to increase advocacy for a free and independent press and train journalists on in using technology as a safe space to share information. UJK is using both digital technology and 'in class' methods to offer capacity young and professional journalists. Members are drawn from the four districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo, Bunyangabu and Kabarole-as. These come in the form of freelancers, reporters and writers, editors, sub-editors and photographers. The organisation run its activities without recourse to discrimination based on religion, race, sex, tribe or other forms that demean human dignity. They consider security and capacity building as a pivotal pillar in having and independent and informed media. They are also initiated in the principal belief that respect for human rights and freedom of expression and a core element of democracy. Their objects include, raising the status of journalism upcountry by adopting codes of ethics, training local journalists in digital reporting and story mapping, defending and protecting freedom of expression and access to information.

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