African Editor To Speak at ACU About Freedom of Press

for immediate release Feb. 11, 1998

WHO/WHAT: Wafula Oguttu, editor of The Monitor, the largest daily newspaper in Uganda, will speak to students in Abilene Christian University's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Feb. 13

* 8 a.m. - Communication Law class, Don Morris Center Room 141
* 11:45 a.m. - Society of Professional Journalists lunch, Mrs. Don H. Morris Living Area
* 1 p.m. - Feature Writing class, Don Morris Center Room 307
* (Other interview times may be available during the day.)

WHY/HOW:  Oguttu will speak about the challenges of the press in countries with low literacy rates, many languages and very oppressive governments. After surviving the Idi Amin regime and the even more deadly regimes that followed, The Monitor became one of the largest and most popular papers in East Africa. Both the senior editor and a reporter were recently thrown in jail because of an unfavorable story written about the country's president. Oguttu and the paper's legal staff have been the first to challenge the "new" freedom of speech laws guaranteed in the 1996 constitution. (He is also in the United States to be a featured speaker at a journalism and public policy conference at Duke University.)

DETAILS: ACU employees George and Kristen Saltsman and Abilene's Leapfrog Technologies/ Abilene Online work with The Monitor to produce the AfricaNews Web site (, one of the world's leading resources for news from Africa. The Web site's roots are in a Uganda Web site created several years ago by ACU alumnus Edward Baliddawa of Uganda, when he was a student.

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Last update: February 11, 1998