UJA, UCC fail to agree on journalists suspension, hearing set for 15th May

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By Ronald Kabuye
The hearing of an application in which Uganda Journalists Association UJA and two other two citizens are seeking for an interim injunction against Uganda Communication Commission UCC directives suspending heads of programming, Producers and News managers of 13 media houses for purportedly not meeting the minimum broadcasting standards has been adjourned to 15th May.
The adjournment followed failure by lawyers representing the two sides to strike a difference between suspension and stepping aside.
The two were given some minutes to agree on whether to have the injunction heard or not but they failed since UCC lawyer Abdul Salaam waiswa maintained that they directed the affected persons to step aside from the duties they held by 29th April and be assigned other roles as opposed to suspending them.
However UJA lawyer Eron Kiiza stated that the two words are the same.
He also wants UCC orders quashed since its a role of Uganda Media council to discipline journalists not UCC.
it’s on the above note that Justice Lydia Mugambe Ssali adjourned the matter to 15th May to have all relevant documents filed as the status quo is maintained that there is no suspension.`

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