UCC directs NBS Tv to suspend senior journalists for airing Bobi Wine’s arrest

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Eng Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director at Uganda Communications Commission. /COURTESY PHOTO
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Geoffrey Baluku

Ugandan Communication Commission (UCC) has ordered NBS Television to suspend the head of the news and the program manager for repeated breach of minimum broadcasting standards.

This was after the station aired live proceedings of the arrest of the Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine on Monday, April 27.

In a letter dated 30th April 2019 and signed by the executive director Godfrey Mutabazi to NBS TV managing director, UCC says despite previous warnings, there has been repeated breach of minimum broadcasting standards by the station.

“As you may recall, the commission has previously engaged and warned NBS Television over similar complaints but it is now apparent that NBS Television has refused and/or otherwise ignored the commission’s earlier warnings,” UCC statement read in part.

“In order to avoid a recurrence of similar breaches during the investigations, and in view of the fact that NBS Television has previously been warned about similar concerns, the Commission hereby directs as follows: That NBS Television should immediately suspend the Producer, Head of News and Head of Programmes pending conclusion of the investigations,” it added.

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Africa Tembelea has learnt that among those UCC wants suspended immediately include; the head of news Joyce Bagala, Chris Wanobere the progammes manager and producer Canary Mugume.

According to UCC, should NBS Tv fail to comply, it risks being sanctioned in accordance with Section 11 of the Uganda Communications Act, 2013.

The commission argues that, there was misrepresentation of information, views, facts and events in a manner likely to mislead or cause alarm to the public during the live broadcasts and main news bulletins.

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