UJA case against UCC pushed to October 8

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High Court in Kampala has pushed to October 8 the hearing of the main application in which Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) challenges Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) directives to suspend 39 journalists.

UJA and lawyers Ronald Bwire and Byansi Henry sought to protect the head of programming, producers and news managers from 13 media houses who are accused of broadcasting content in support of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine.

Justice Lydia Mugambe Ssali Thursday adjourned the matter after a request by UCC to accord them ample time to study and file response to the consolidated new applications.

The new applications were filed by Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ), Centre for Constitution Governance and others.

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In the new applications, the Attorney General and the Executive Director of UCC Godfrey Mutabaazi are being sued.

Michael Wandyebera, one the new petitioners, says the Uganda Media Council is not yet fully constituted and the UCC tribunal is also not in place which allows Mutabazi to make personal decisions as opposed to acting on board decision.

On May 22, Justice Mugambe issued an interim injunction stopping media houses from implementing the said of suspending 39 journalists until final determination of their case.

Mugambe further stated that although she has put into consideration UCC’s regulatory mandate, saying the mandate should not be used to curtail the human rights and freedoms of the media.

The affected media houses are: NBS TV, BBS TV, NTV, Bukedde TV, Kingdom TV and Salt TV and radios Akaboozi, Beat FM, Capital FM, Pearl FM, Sapientia FM and Radio Simba.

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