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Campus Journal emerges stronger from 3-day hacker-imposed blackout

A cyber attack brought down The Campus Journal current affairs website Sunday, demonstrating the level of determination of the enemies of Uganda’s only truly uncensored publication.

It is not yet clear whether the attack was part of the ongoing government crackdown on independent media that has so far seen two newspapers and two radio stations closed down.

A private investigation into the orchestrators and perpetrators of the sabotage is ongoing, with preliminary findings suggesting that the hackers were based in Uganda.

It is however still too early to completely rule out the hand of foreign players, including the sectarian Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Government whose suspected agents have previously trailed members of The Campus Journal staff.

In a statement issued Monday on his Facebook account, the publisher and editor of the online magazine Yahya Sseremba vowed to carry on the duty of exposing corruption and abuse of power even in the face of hazardous challenges.

“As we rectify this temporary problem,” Mr. Sseremba said, “we would like to assure our esteemed readers that no amount of sabotage or intimidation will constrain us from standing up for those too feeble to stand up for themselves, even if it means locking horns with the high and mighty.”

Whereas similar attacks are expected in future, Sseremba said in a separate communication, stiffer security measures have been put in place to prevent a repeat of the same. 

Sseremba also condemned the government indefinite closure of four media houses, including the Daily Monitor, Red Pepper, KFM and Dembe FM. Police stormed and sealed off the premises of these publications Monday under the pretext of searching for a letter allegedly authored by a runaway military general.

It is however clear that the government is simply bent on crippling the independent media. “President Museveni spares no effort to suppress contrary views, and so will he continue suppressing,” said Sseremba. “But in the end he will be disappointed, and ultimately he will be overcome.” 





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