Six-Year Jail Sentence for a Ugandan TikToker who Insulted the President

Six-Year Jail Sentence for a Ugandan TikToker who Insulted the President

A 24-year-old guy from Uganda was given a six-year prison sentence for using TikTok to disseminate hate speech and misleading information against President Yoweri Museveni and the first family as a whole.

Stellah-Maris Amabilisi, the Chief Magistrate of Entebbe Chief Magistrate Court, handed down the punishment on Wednesday. The person behind “Save Media Uganda,” Edward Awebwa, was taken into custody after he uploaded a video in which he insulted the president, his wife, and his son.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the spokeswoman for Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police, Awebwa posted films in February and March 2024 making fun of the president.

This sentence is a part of a larger effort by security services to stop people from defaming high government figures on social media.

The Computer Misuse Act of 2022 has resulted in the imprisonment of multiple content providers, including Awebwa, for disseminating “malicious information” and “hate speech.” Human rights advocates have filed a constitutional court challenge against this statute, claiming it is restrictive.

Offensive communication is defined by the Computer Misuse Act as “willful and repeated use of electronic communication to disturb or attempt to disturb the peace, quiet, or right of privacy of any person with no purpose of legitimate communication.” A fine, a maximum of one year in jail, or both may be imposed for the offense.

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