Parliament Pledges To Uphold Media Freedoms

The Ugandan Parliament on Wednesday pledged to guarantee freedoms that are enshrined in the constitution and push for the respect of those that have been violated.  

These include Freedom of the Media and access to information.

Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga
Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga

The commitment was made by the country’s Speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga at the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Media Freedom and Safety at Parliament.

She noted that it is important for Ugandans to have information and a free media to be able to hold leaders accountable, as the country grows democratically.

She added that as parliament pushed through the Access to Information Act that resulted from a private members bill, it will still ascend when handling other issues relating to individual freedoms.

The forum’s acting Chairperson Mariam Nalubega said that they intend to eliminate laws that bar the media from executing its duties. She adds that the forum will ensure that media houses and other State Agencies take into concern the Media and their needs as part of the responsibility to respect and uphold the constitution.

The forum’s acting Publicity Secretary Lulume Bayiga says the medium will be at the forefront of fighting for better working conditions for journalists as well as responding to other challenges including draconian laws and abuse of media freedoms.

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