oa Africa Insight - Inside Uganda

Volume 9, Issue 3-4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



One of the problems facing Western journalists in modern Africa is the difficulty giving adequate coverage to events in the news. Events in Ethiopia, Mozambique; Angola and Chad are a few examples. Another is Uganda. With Tanzania's influence manifest, it was only with considerable difficulty that small groups of Western journalists were able to enter Uganda and provide in-depth reports about the war there. The assignment was difficult. Four journalists including Vietnam veteran, Hans Bollinger, and Wolfgang Stien of Stern Magazine were murdered by Amin's soldiers shortly after they set foot on Ugandan soil. They had entered the country by boat, ostensibly on a fishing trip (they claimed their engine had failed) against the advice of their colleagues in Nairobi.

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