Given the ever-evolving political situation in Uganda, Freedom House (FH) established a rapid response fund (RRF) under USAID/Rights And Justice Activity, a three-year activity implemented by Freedom House (FH), which commenced on September 1, 2020.
The Rapid Response Fund-RRF is to respond to unforeseen and/or unexpected human rights opportunities and challenges in Uganda.
Under the establishment of RRF, Freedom House awarded Umbrella for Journalists in Kasese (UJK) a sub grant to implement the Promote and Protect Press Freedom-PPPF project in Rwenzori sub region.
Target beneficiaries: media practitioners, bloggers, and the freelance journalists in the districts of; Kasese, Bunyangabu, Kabarole, and Bundibugyo.
PPPF PROJECT focuses on the following goal and objectives;
GOAL 1 “Easy access to justice and promoting the wellbeing of journalists in the Rwenzori sub region”
Objective 1. To provide legal aid and medical support to media practitioners, freelance journalists and bloggers in the Rwenzori region.
Objective 2. To provide a coordinated response mechanism to violations of the rights of journalists in Rwenzori sub region.
Objective 3. To provide platforms for dialogue and sensitization on media freedoms.
GOAL 2: “Enhanced Media Freedoms and Safety of Journalists in the Rwenzori sub region”
Objective 1. To provide emergency support to affected media practitioners in the Rwenzori sub region.
Objective 2. To strengthen peer support networks for collective promotion and protection of media freedoms.
Tumusiime Jerad Muhindo (red-shirt) Salt TV reporter receiving treatment after being involved in a road accident while heading to the field. Looking on is Jolly Mbambu, a peer support network (PSN) member