The second blog week of this year takes place a little after the signing in of the country’s legislators.The first one occurred during election season and we can remember the social media black out then and the counter efforts from Uganda’s internet users. This second blog week of the year tackles an interesting theme : Freedom of Expression. Soon, the Communications Act may fall into place and curtail a lot of the freedom of social media and internet users.
According to the Uganda Constitution of 1995, Freedom of Expression entails the following
Protection of freedom of conscience, expression, movement,
religion, assembly and association.
(1) Every person shall have the right to—
(a) freedom of speech and expression which shall include freedom of
the press and other media;
(b) freedom of thought, conscience and belief which shall include
academic freedom in institutions of learning;
(c) freedom to practise any religion and manifest such practice which
shall include the right to belong to and participate in the practices
of any religious body or organisation in a manner consistent with
(d) freedom to assemble and to demonstrate together with others
peacefully and unarmed and to petition; and
(e) freedom of association which shall include the freedom to form
and join associations or unions, including trade unions and
political and other civic organisations.
(2) Every Ugandan shall have the right—
(a) to move freely throughout Uganda and to reside and settle in any
part of Uganda;
(b) to enter, leave and return to, Uganda; and
(c) to a passport or other travel document.
While the theme may be as political as they come, we are confident, that is not all there is to freedom of expression. The theme gives Ugandan bloggers an opportunity to express themselves on matters close to their hearts as regards this theme. We hope social media is not blocked this time around.
We shall use goo.gl to see the stats of all the links submitted. So to have your blog stats tracked, after you publish your blog, please paste the link to goo.gl and share on social. It is not a must that you should have your posts tracked. If possible, use the hashtag #UgBlogWeek to be found easily on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
New forms of expression are very welcome this quarter. So, Snapchat users, podcasters, please invite us as well to view your “posts”. Remember, a blog a day keeps the blogck away. 🙂
Start date is Monday 23rd May 2016.
Ideas and suggestions on how to improve the #UgBlogWeek experience are welcome. Please send your emails to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For everyone who will be participating in #UgBlogWeek, feel free to use this graphic.
Free blogging! Cheers.