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Impounded calendars trigger widespread debate

When police confiscate public education materials, do they succeed in closing down debate?

As reported earlier here 700,000 copies of Twaweza’s 2012 calendars, intended for the public, were impounded by the Ugandan authorities. In justifying their action, a Uganda police spokesperson claimed that the calendar message had the potential to incite the public. Twaweza Uganda Program Manager Morrison Rwakakamba was interrogated for four hours by the Special Investigative Unit on 28 February. Twaweza’s statement on the matter can be found here.

But the efforts of the police appear not to have shut down debate. If anything, their action appears to have generated widespread debate across the country – on radio, TV, newspapers, social media and public spaces.  Below is a selection of reports from various media outlets on the impounded calendars.

Police Seize Subversive calendars, NTV

Ugandans Must Determine Own Destiny- Twaweza Boss, Chimpreports

A Losing Battle for Government?, Editorial from the Daily Monitor

Uganda Government News: Police Impounds Subversive Calendars, UG Pulse

Ugandans weigh in on Facebook, NTV Uganda Facebook page

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