Supreme Court of Uganda ruling on the criminalisation of false news

This seminal ruling resulted from an appeal against a decision of the Constitutional Court in a petition seeking to invoke constitutional protection for the freedom of the press. The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda 1995, “the Constitution”, in Article 29, guarantees protection of the individual right of freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press. The central issue in this appeal was whether section 50 of the Penal Code Act, “section 50”, which makes publication of false news a criminal offence, contravenes that protection.

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