By Julius Businge
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the regulator of the communications industry in Uganda has today (May 14) issued an official statement in relation to the ongoing coverage of events surrounding the Coordinator of National Intelligence Agencies, David Sejusa (also known as Tinyefunza).
The Commission said in the statement that its Content Monitoring Team has established that broadcasts by some media houses on the recent events surrounding General Sejusa’s letter to the Director General of ISO have not been professional and impartial.
The Commission did not however give details on how the unnamed media houses have not been professional while covering the matter.
It said while media houses are not prohibited from broadcasting on issues that touch on national security, due to the sensitivity of the matter they are requested to take extra care to be impartial and factual in their reporting.
“This is more so since this is a matter that is being handled by other organs of government and those processes should not be interfered with as a result of the unbalanced and sensational broadcasts,” the statement reads in part.
The Commission urges the media houses to adhere to the provisions of the broadcasting standards and to the Best Practice Guidelines for Electronic Media Coverage among other standards.