Scribes: UCC made itself prosecutor, jury & judge

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Journalists meeting Kadaga

Journalists on Thursday told the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga to intervene and restrain the Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] from overstepping its bounds in the campaign to gag media.

In a meeting with Kadaga, members of the Uganda Parliament Press Association (UPPA) appraised her on violation of journalists’ rights and freedoms by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the Uganda Police Force.

Journalists told Kadaga that under the law, UCC is duty bound to appoint a 12-man tribunal, which should hear cases relating to misuse of media platforms.

Journalists further noted that since enactment of the requisite law, several years ago, UCC had absconded from this obligation.

“It turned itself into a prosecutor, jury and judge, the culmination of which is the recent suspension of journalists in 12 media houses,” they said.

In her turn, Kadaga demanded that media becomes more mature in their approach to serious national issues.

She wondered why they often interview individual MPs in corridors; get individual opinions; but later splash the said opinions in the news as the sole view point of Parliament.

UCC ordered the suspension of about 39 journalists from 13 media houses for airing pro-Bobi Wine protests in Kampala and its suburbs.

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