journalists Vs UCC case ruling set for 23rd may

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By Ronald Kabuye
High court judge lady justice Lydia Mugambe Ssali has set the 23rd of May has the date she will deliver her ruling in which Uganda Journalists Association UJA and concerned citizens Bwire Ronald and Byansi Henry are seeking for an interim injunction against Uganda Communications Commission UCC directives to 13 media houses coupled with suspension of 39 journalists pending the hearing of the main suite.

This followed the submission from both sides about the matter.

In her ruling justice Mugambe also directed media houses to preserve the subjudice rule by restraining themselves from indulging into the matter, after the UCC lawyer Joseph Matsiko submitting that the matter has stimulated public debate and  is widely debated in the media including giving judgements on the same.
UCC lawyers also submitted that the UJA’s application is only intended to reverse the status quo since the commission’s directives of 39 heads of programming, news managers and producers have already been suspended, their academic qualifications and recordings of the live programmes on 29th April were submitted by 7th may.
However the applicant submitted that the status quo that holds should be considered on 2nd May when the first applicant filed their petition.
UCC that accused the applicant of not following the right procedure since they had to appeal to their tribunal surprised court when it conceded that it has non in place.
UJA lawyers intend to argue in the main case that it’s the mandate of media council to discipline journalists not UCC as it had presumed that role.
UCC says once the injunction is granted it will compromise it’s role and thus exposing the nation to instability and violence since the live programmes were inciting violence.

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