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September 24, 2021

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Lumbuye Speculations Worse Than You Think

Lumbuye Speculations Worse Than You Think 1
Fred Kajjubi Aka Lumbuye, NUP Social Media "activist" had reportedly been arrested by Ugandan government in collaboration with Turkish authorities and was expected aboard undisclosed aircraft early Saturday 7th of Aug.

Fred Kajjubi Aka Lumbuye, NUP Social Media “activist” had reportedly been arrested by Ugandan government in collaboration with Turkish authorities and was expected aboard undisclosed aircraft early Saturday 7th of Aug.

An action for which anti-government, Human rights, political activists and lawyers drew their swords at, weighing in on the situation. However, despite that the Foreign Affairs State Minister Okello Oryem had confirmed his extradition and reporter’s camping at Entebbe Airport, no clue of whether Fred Lumbuye arrived as scheduled or not.

The international news agencies are bracketing Fred Lumbuye’s situation as one of those when “an African government” stops respecting freedom of speech citing examples recent studies and events in other African countries like Nigeria, Rwanda, Chad etcetera.

A slippery slope

A recent study conducted by the privacy protection company, Surfshark, uncovered that a minimum of 30 out of Africa’s 54 countries have either blocked or heavily restricted access to social media access since 2015.
 The company also confirmed that African governments were becoming more aggressive as they perceive social media as a political opponent: 
“Social media has established itself as a key political player of its own. However, as its influence grows, so does the governments’ desire to censor it by introducing new laws, restricting access, or blocking social media altogether,” said Surfshark communications manager Gabrielle Racaityte-Racai.
With social media being treated as political ‘opponents,’ it is barely surprising that African leaders are going beyond restricting access to physically targeting those using social media as a tool of dissension.
The prevalence of online censorship all linked to issues of riots, protests, elections, and other political issues, indicates that a new wave of oppression is gradually overtaking the African continent.
With Nigeria targeting Twitter, Rwanda going after YouTubers, and Cameroon and Uganda actively arresting journalists, the innovation brought by social media to other parts of the world will soon be sacrificed on the alter of dictatorships. 

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