Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Digital Journalism (MADJ)

First Supervisor/Advisor

Nyakundi Nyamboga

Second Supervisor/Advisor

Rose Kimani


Graduate School of Media and Communications


The study assessed how cyberspace regulations have influenced the practice of online journalism in Uganda. The study's specific objectives were: to find out journalists’ and regulators’ understanding of cyberspace regulations in Uganda, to explore ways used to regulate online journalism in Uganda, and to examine how the implementation of cyberspace regulation in Uganda has affected online journalism practice. The study used a qualitative research method and an explorative research design that involved an in-depth and extensive investigation of a specific instance. The research was conducted using a qualitative approach, with interviews and document reviews. Findings reveal that most online journalists negatively perceived cyberspace regulations because they believe that major cyberspace regulations were signed into law to gag communication by limiting freedom of speech and expression. The study findings further reveal that cyberspace institutions regulated online journalism through monitoring, inspecting, supervising and controlling online content posted on digital spaces used for communication services. Findings further revealed that online journalists had learnt to practice self-censorship and adherence to cyber regulations to avoid arrests. The study recommended that cyberspace regulations be developed through a transparent process allowing public participation, including input from journalists and media organizations. The study also recommends that cyberspace regulations be clearly defined and consistently enforced without arbitrary or discriminatory application.