UCC hires KAA to defend self against journalists (UJA), case adjourned

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journalists interviewing UJA lawyer Peter Arinaitwe after court. Photo by Ronald Kabuye

By Ronald Kabuye
High court civil division judge lady justice Lydia Mugambe Ssali has adjourned the hearing of an application in which Uganda Journalists Association UJA and two others are seeking for an injunction against Uganda Communications Commission UCC directives to 13  media houses to  Thursday 16th May 2019 at 10am.

The adjournment came after the UCC lead lawyers Joseph Matsiko from KAA requested for more time to read through documents served to them.
“we need more time to study the 26 paragraph affidavit served to us.
Since this is a matter of great importance we need much time to study this particular affidavit” said Matsiko
The UJA lawyer Peter Arinaitwe who was holding brief for Eron Kiiza had requested that the UCC be given an hour however justice Mugambe gave them up to Thursday 10am.
UJA and lawyers Byansi Henry and Bwire Ronald challenge the UCC’ s  directives  to 13 media houses coupled with suspension of 39 journalists for purportedly falling short of the minimum broadcasting standards.
Mr. Matsiko a senior partner at Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA), one of the leading, prominent and expensive law firm in the country appearance as the lead lawyer for UCC was a confirmation of the heat commission facing due to its directives.
The media houses affected by the UCC directives include NBS Television, BBS TV, Simba FM, Radio Sapientia, Salt TV, NTV Uganda, Pearl FM, Kingdom TV, CBS FM, Capital FM, Bukedde TV, Best FM, Radio Simba and Akaboozi Radio

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