By Ronald Kabuye
Government is investigating the possibilities of some elements in security agencies colluding with some opposition politicians who trade chaos to batter journalists so that government’s name is tarnished.
This has been revealed by the minister for information, Ict and national guidance Frank Tumwebaze during the national Association of Broadcasters NAB annual Assembly in Kampala.
He says that some opposition politicians who have reduced politics to posturing, acting, scuffles and chaos instead of engaging in the politics of substance may be conniving with the errant officers.
Tumwebaze said government has no intention of stifling media but to sanitize it thus requesting the media fraternity to accord them support to amend the current law of press and journalists act.
The chairperson of NAB Kin Kariisa urged media owners and managers to desist from the habit of not addressing the welfare of their workers.
He pledged to partner with Uganda Journalists Association UJA and Uganda communication commission UCC to train journalists so that they differentiate between journalism and activism.
Meanwhile the executive director of UCC Godfrey Mutabaazi said government procured a soft ware that will crack down on those spreading fake news and hate information.
He further revealed that they halted the implementation of 2% increase on the annual gross revenue as requested by NAB pending the amendment of the law.
On the issue of masquerades in the media industry, the Uganda Journalists Association UJA president Kazibwe Bashir Mbaziira said these can only be dealt away with by having a national database of all media practitioners.