UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabaazi says that images of the dead are causing distress to some members of the public and whereas its the duty of the broadcaster to inform, they also have an obligation to ensure that they are not sensational and unnecessarily alarmist.
A statement issued by UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabaazi, the commission has received complaints concerning repeated broadcast, on various televisions of the gruesome images from the crime scene, showing the three police officers in a pool of blood.
Mutabazi states that the images of the dead are causing distress to some members of the public and whereas it's the duty of the broadcaster to inform, they also have an obligation to ensure that they are not sensational and unnecessarily alarmist.
"With respect to gruesome images , especially of dead bodies, extra decorum must be displayed taking into consideration the feelings of the bereaved; the psychological impact of such imagery and being respectful of the dead.Repeated broadcast of morbid imagery of dead bodies is contrary to the mentioned duty and obligation" the statement reads.
He also warned in the letter that broadcasters are required to ensure that the reuse of any material in the news and current affairs context, including the use of archive material does not create unfairness, result into inaccuracies or cause distress to the public or the bereaved family members.
The Spokesperson of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi was today morning shot dead alongside Kenneth Erau, his bodyguard and Geoffrey Mambewa, the driver. Their assassins were reportedly traveling on a motorcycle. Moments later, social media was filled with images of the crime scene while others have broadcast images of dead bodies on TV.