By Andrew Visper email@example.com
Summary: Dispute the ratification of the universal declaration of human rights, Art 19 and recognition of freedom to f opinion and expression by the Constitution of Uganda 1195. State and media practitioners continue to clash in public bspace over the rights of media to access public information and to determine content and presentation of media output”
According to Hon David Pulkol the executive director of Africa Leadership Institute (AFLI) after the launched the Journey to media policy brief report stated that Government should embrace a holistic approach to media regulations includes protection of media freedom and human rights, recognition of information as a public good, capacity building for media practitioners, established law to sanction individuals who abuse media privily and action plan and national development plan.
“Observed well, arrest and beating of Journalists covering either demonstration or response to disagreements and most recently the switching off of transmitter of various radio stations and additional to that the current situation between Journalists and Hon Robert Kyagulanyi arrest where UCC order rodia to suspend 13 senior Journalists because they were covering live” Pulkol Said
The Policy Brief on ‘Intergrating Human Rights in Regulation of Media in Uganda’ has been officially unveiled and launched by Africa Leadership Institute in partnership (AFLI) with Uganda Management Institute (UMI) supported by Democratic Governance Facility (DGF). This is part of AFLI’s bigger project supported by the Democratic Governance Facility – DGF that is aimed at enhancing the democratisation process in Uganda through facilitating active and informed citizenry to demand for accountable and responsive leadership.
However the Uganda Communications Commission Head of Legal Department Adusalam Waiswa has urged journalists to form a strong force and advocate for professionalism of this trade, to win respect and protection from the Government and the public.
“Journalists are very important in the country and it’s a Government mouth they just need to be United and dialogue with Government to dig deeper with information and to over the bridge gap between the and Government and also to creat stronger respect interns their working environment and rights” Waiswa Said.
“There is need to revise media laws basing on existing international practices on human rights, to have a well regulated media” says Mr Jude Rwemisisi, Senior Research Uganda Management Institute (UMI) while giving his quote after the launch.
Meanwhile this policy brief recommends that Government embraces a holistic approach to media regulation to include: protection of media freedom and human rights, recognition of information as a public good, capacity building for media practitioners, expeditious law reforms to integrate media freedom as a fundamental human right, establishment of laws to sanction individuals who abuse media privilege; inclusion of media interests in the NDP, commemoration of international and local media days, and strengthening of networks for media practitioners.
The technocrats recommend the Government officials, academia and civil society organization making quality research and policy recommendations available to radio stations and assist to extend UMI outreach program to rural communities and policy briefs as Civic as engagement and advocacy tools to increase the threshold of information accessible to a wide range of radio listening citizens.