Ocitti, Jim

Dr. Jim Ocitti obtained his Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Bristol in the U.K. He attended Harvard University as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA), and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR). He has previously worked as a journalist in Uganda, Germany and the Netherlands before joining the United Nations as a public affairs adviser and spokesman. Dr. Ocitti is the author of Political Evolution and Democratic Practice in Uganda 1952-1996 (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2000).

Political Evolution and Democratic Practice in Uganda 1952-1996
2000 0-7734-7860-4
This volume refutes the claim that the present no-party political system in Uganda is more democratic than past systems, and examines the reasons why democracy has failed to take root there.

Press Politics and Public Policy in Uganda
2005 0-7734-5926-X
This book explores, through the lens of history, the dynamics between the press, politics and public policy in Uganda. It illuminates and documents the various tensions and struggles for press freedom in the country since the establishment of the first newspaper in 1900. The book demonstrates that, despite Uganda’s brush with multiple political systems over the decades – multiparty, one-party politics, military rule and no-party political arrangements – the press has always been at the receiving end of the stick. Consequently, journalists, in their yearnings for a legally unrestrictive media-free environment under a liberal socio-political atmosphere, have had to deploy various methods and approaches in dealing with the various state apparatuses.