UCC Warns Against Broadcast of Graphic Images

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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.

The Uganda Communications commission(UCC) has warned Televisions over the broadcast of gruesome images in relation to the death of Police Spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi.

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.
 

 

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Alex Otto
“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.