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Tina Smole

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About Tina
I am a freelance video journalist with over 18 years of experience in various media outlets and am now based in Kampala, Uganda. 

I've worked on a radio, at an online media, past 12 years I have been working as camerawoman and journalist for various media houses such as Reuters and ZDF (while based in Croatia and Slovenia), while in past 3 years, after moving to Uganda, I've worked with BBC, AFP, AP, France 24 and other clients like Amnesty International, ICRC and others. 

I cover wide range of topics from news to feature stories in most cases as ‘one woman band’.
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Uganda court rejects petition against harsh anti-gay law

04 Apr 2024  |  WFMZ.com
Uganda's Constitutional Court rejected a petition to overturn a stringent anti-gay law, maintaining one of the world's harshest legal stances against LGBTQ rights.

Uganda court throws out challenge to harsh anti-gay law

03 Oct 2023  |  The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Uganda's court upheld the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2023, which imposes severe penalties for same-sex relations, despite striking down some provisions inconsistent with international rights conventions. The decision was met with dismay by human rights advocates and international bodies, including the UN and the US State Department, who urged Uganda to repeal the law. The ruling reflects a broader anti-gay crackdown in East Africa, supported by conservative religious groups. Uganda's government remains defiant against Western pressure, with significant support from the local population. The World Bank has suspended new loans to Uganda in response to the law.

Uganda has a lot to offer....

Acid used as a weapon -- An NGO run by a brave Linette, survivor herself, helps people who had been attacked and are fighting to change the laws in Uganda about access to dangerous substances like acid.

Inspiring story of a young woman who, as she struggled with malaria as a child, decided to fight it - she started producing soaps to fight the mousquitoes. Since 2019 when story was done, the lady built her factory, expanded to Europena market...

Congolese cross a lake to escape an inferno

02 Mar 2018  |  Modern Ghana
Hundreds of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo have been fleeing to Uganda via Lake Albert to escape violence between the Hema and Lendu communities. Over 28,000 people, mostly women and children, have crossed, bringing stories of horrific violence, including killings and rape. The conflict has been exacerbated by regional interests in Congo's resources and is part of increasing unrest under President Joseph Kabila's extended tenure. Some refugees have drowned during the crossing, and militias are reportedly blocking others from escaping. Uganda, already hosting 1.4 million refugees, is facing challenges such as disease outbreaks in camps. The violence in Ituri has led to villages being burned and civilians being attacked, with survivors unable to explain the motives behind the savagery.

Congolese cross a lake to escape an inferno

02 Mar 2018  |  www.france24.com
A daily flotilla of wooden canoes ferries hundreds of refugees from DR Congo's latest violence to Uganda. Over 28,000 people, mostly women and children, have fled the fighting between Hema and Lendu communities in Ituri. The violence, part of a broader unrest in Congo, has led to horrific tales of killings and displacement. Armed groups are blocking escapes, and Uganda, already hosting 1.4 million refugees, faces a growing influx. Refugees recount savage attacks and dire conditions in camps, with fears of disease outbreaks. The conflict underscores the challenges faced by President Joseph Kabila in maintaining control.

Introducing largest solar power plant in Eastern Africa - shoot, edit and voiced by Tina Smole.

Digial piece on Uganda's top speed designer.

SafeBoda promises safer way to travel in Uganda capital

15 Dec 2017  |  www.trtworld.com
SafeBoda, a motorcycle taxi service operating similarly to Uber, has become popular in Uganda's capital, Kampala, for providing a safer and more comfortable commuting option. The service is well-received due to its trained drivers and provision of safety gear, addressing the city's issues with traffic jams and accidents. Customers like Julia Namale appreciate the value for money and enhanced safety.

Why are 80% of Ugandans snubbing local clothing brands?

09 Sep 2016  |  www.bbc.com
In Kampala, Uganda, second-hand clothes, known locally as mivumba, are common and provide employment and business opportunities for many. However, with 80% of the country's textiles being imported, there is controversy over whether this practice stifles local production or is essential for the livelihoods of thousands of traders.

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