Special projects writer, Monitor Publications, Kampala, Uganda
Project: A free-press effort in collaboration with a Ugandan organization to add tracking of journalist harassment to its monitoring efforts during elections. Also exploring new ways to enhance effective cooperation in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.
Izama, born in Kampala, Uganda, attended the Makerere University Faculty of Law. In 2001, he went to work for Monitor Publications, at the time the country’s only independent media house. He managed the news desk, trained new journalists and developed new programming, such as outdoor debates, for its FM radio. Later he began reporting and writing opinion pieces, and eventually became a special projects writer, focusing on regional security and the oil sector. He was awarded a fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, a private congressionally funded nonprofit supporting freedom around the world; founded a journalism think tank; and is currently a plaintiff in a landmark case seeking, under freedom of information laws, access to wealth-sharing agreements for Uganda’s newly discovered oil fields.
Izama discusses a free-press effort in collaboration with a Ugandan organization to add tracking of journalist harassment to its monitoring efforts during elections
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