Uganda’s telecoms regulator blocks Rwanda’s New Times for publishing ‘propaganda’

Uganda's telecoms regulator blocks Rwanda’s New Times for publishing ‘Propaganda’
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and Rwanda's President Paul Kagame signs security and peace pact recently in Luanda, Angola

Kampala, Uganda | URN | Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has blocked access to Rwanda’s state-run newspaper, The New Times and 6 other blogs in Uganda, saying the publications have continued to publish ‘harmful propaganda’ against Uganda.

The UCC Spokesperson, Ibrahim Bbosa, said UCC last week had directed “internet service providers to block The New Times and the other 6 blogs for publishing harmful propaganda that endangers national security of Uganda.”

Adding that, “We are engaging the regulator in Rwanda and hope this will be temporary,” Bbosa said. Currently, an attempt to visit the newspaper’s website from Uganda returns nothing.

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On Wednesday President Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame of Rwanda signed a peace pact in Angola, signaling an end to the bitter relations between Kampala and Kigali that had resulted into the closure of Gatuna border.

Despite the signing, The New Times, which is the government’s mouthpiece, continued to publish articles blaming the Kampala regime for the impasse. There is promise that the border will order although it is not clear when.