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Communication Commission issues Worrisome Directives to Media Houses.
On 30 April 2019, the Uganda Communications Commission issued worrisome directives to seven radio stations and six television stations ordering management of these media houses to immediately suspend Producers, Heads of News, and Heads of Programmes, pending investigations of alleged “repeated breach of the minimum broadcasting standards.
The Executive Director’s orders to immediately suspend staff of various broadcast media houses can be challenged as an illegality and beyond his powers and scope of his duties as provided under the Uganda Communications Act. The requirement for parliamentary approval for the minister’s regulations to come into force is a major concern.