By Ronald Kabuye
The Uganda Communication commission UCC has directed radio and television broadcasters stop and refrain from relaying live broadcast which are inciting the public, discriminatory, stirring up hatred promoting a culture of violence amongst the viewers and are likely to create public insecurity or violence.
According to the letter signed by the commission executive director Godfrey Mutabazzi dated the 26th of September, it asserts that such is in breach of section 31 of the Uganda communications act 2013 and best practice guideline for electronic media coverage, reporting and broadcasting live events.
“the commission here by directs all broadcasters to immediately stop and refrain from broadcasting live feeds which are in breach of minimum broadcasting standards” read letter in parts
“the commission shall not hesitate to carryout enforcement for non compliance with these guidelines and any further breach will result into suspension and revocation of your license in accordance with article 41 of the Uganda communication act 2013” concluded the letter.
The letter comes at time when almost every broadcast is giving live up dates on the developments of the need to lift the presidential age limit including the demonstration against the same and security deployment and siege of various opposition political party offices.
It is also important to note that legislator in the plenary yesterday exchange blows on the same matter.
Further more those opposed to the lifting of the presidential age limit kept singing the national anthem chorus which forced to adjourn the sitting for today.
By Ronald Kabuye