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At Rukga Forum for Development (RUFODE) we believe that journalism and the news media are an ‘indispensable civic resource’ whose condition affects the health of society. We also believe that free and independent media are among the most important institutions in a democracy. They are as important in developed countries as they are in developing ones.

To that end RUFODE maintains solidarity with journalists, media houses, associations, civil society and all individuals of good will – whether local, regional or international – who stand up in defence of press freedom and freedom of expression.

We joined hands with Ugandan and international media rights groups to oppose the proposed Press and Journalist [Amendment] Bill 2010 which if passed would further erode press freedom in Uganda.


Our Programs

Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." For democracy in a complex society to work well, journalism is necessary.

Safety of Media Professionals

Promoting the safety of journalists and combating impunity for those who attack them are central elements within RUFODE’s activities. Training Journalists in physical and digital security will be one of the key programs of RUFODE.


The Independent Journalist Networks are necessary for the coordination of addressing challenges met by the media professionals. RUFODE will always support the activities of these networks to strengthen freedoms of expression and independent media.

Journalists Network

Advocating for freedom of expression and other basic human rights will remain a cornerstone of RUFODE’s mission. The Ugandan government continues to take drastic steps to crack down the rights of freedom of expression and independent media.

Our Contact Person

Mr. Barnabas Tugumisirize
Executive Director
Rukiga Forum for Development
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Our Address

Rukiga Forum for Development (RUFODE)
Plot 10 Nyerere Road, Kabale Municipality
P.O Box 714, Kabale (Uganda)
Tel: +256-783-535-443 |+256-703-152-922
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Our Goals and Objectives

Rukiga Forum for Development shall work to attain the following goals & objectives.

1. To advocate for free and independent media that provides accurate information.
2. To strengthen the freedom of expression and safety of media professionals.
3. To advocate for the promotion and respect of human rights in Uganda.
4. To conduct civic education in Uganda.
5. To agitate for increased citizen participation in a democratic society in Uganda.