DW Akademie, Germany’s leading organisation for international media development has opened offices in Uganda with a promise to support and uphold independent media coverage in Uganda.
This comes at a time when media freedom and freedom of expression for Ugandans is at crossroads, with increased police and state violation of human rights.
According to Ute Schaeffer, deputy director DW Akademie, having offices in Uganda is a strategic move that will help the organization in fighting for the rights of media and citizens as well as develop interactive youth media and educating young target groups in media and information literacy.
“Being a strategic partner of the Federal Ministry for Development and Economic Cooperation (BMZ), we want to make a contribution, to support independent reporting in Uganda and lend a voice to civil society. Three out of four Ugandans are under 30 years. We want to enable this generation to use media both actively and responsibly, to put issues on the agenda, thus contributing to the development of their country,” Ute noted.
DW Akademie has been working with local media in Uganda since to 2014 to support and develop citizen journalism.
According to Ute, DW has partnered with Uganda Radio Network and Center for Media Literacy and Community Development to establish a country wide network consisting of more than 250 citizen reports who deliver information from local communities to radio broadcasters there by augmenting the quality and strengthening news generated from local communities.
“We also work with Hub for Investigative Journalism (HIM) to offer training and consultative services for journalists, bloggers and human rights activists,” Ute added.