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Who We Are

Umbrella for Journalists in Kasese (UJK) is an indigenous organization that is contributing to defending media rights in rural Uganda. The organization run its activities without recourse to discrimination based on religion, race, sex, tribe or other forms that demean human dignity.  We consider Security, Capacity Development, Outreaches, funding opportunities and resources as key things in our journey to transform the globe. UJK comprises of competent, independent, and a network of media professionals who extensively contribute to a secure and safe working environment in the country. We are initiated in the principal belief that ethics and respect for human rights, freedom of expression and well remuneration is a core element of democracy.

Our Vision

“An independent and impartial press.”

Our Mission

“UJK empowers and advocates for rural journalists, communities in Uganda through capacity strengthening, legal defense, legislative lobbying to ensure an independent,  truthful journalism and resilient communities”

Our Objectives

  • To further the principle of press freedom and to champion the universal right to freedom of expression.
  • To conduct Civic Advocacy on Open Governance.
  • To Strengthening community efforts in responding to the effects of climate change.
  • To train local journalists in community based storytelling using human rights based approach.
  • To raise the status of journalism upcountry by adopting codes of professional ethics.

Strategic Objectives

To be honesty and reliable to our values
Believing in a collective effort to serve our community.
To be accountable for our actions to all stakeholders.
To be fair and just to everyone without discrimination

Our Collaborations

In 2016, we signed an MoU with Unwanted Witness under the Project; “Using technology to building an independent and self-sustaining freelance journalism in rural Uganda” with support from the United States of America, Embassy, Kampala.

In 2017, UJK signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Freedom House Inc implementing the Protecting Media Space in Uganda Project – National Democratic Institute/Fundamental Freedoms Fund Cooperative Agreement No. 16-16202-NCS.H-1428 Freedom House Ref 18- ND3HPM-01

In 2022 and 2023, UJK signed a Subaward Agreements No. 22-HFA011-RR11 and No. 23-HFA011-RR18 respectively provided through Freedom House by the United States Agency for International Development/Rights And Justice Activity (USAID/RAJA) to Promote and Protect Press Freedom.

Our Founder & Coordinator

Bikeke Saimon is a media expert, thought leader with global connections and manages the overall operation and resource at UJK and acts as the main point of communication between the Board and other stakeholders (Gov’t & Donors). He brings novelty, values and vision to explore opportunities and create collaborative solutions to journalism communities.

He is a grassroots Journalist, passionate about investigative journalism, environmental journalism, human rights and accountability.  He has previously worked with, Kasese Guide Radio (KGR), Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC Ngeya FM, State News Publication, The Sunrise Newspaper and Uganda Radio Network (URN).

He is among the 100 Most Positively Inspiring African Youths (100 MPIAY) Award winner 2017

He is also among the 2022 Accountapreneur fellow by Accountability Lab Cohort 2022, Uganda

He is an Independent Member Institute of Community Reporters @ People’s Voice Media

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