Media Organizations Launch Coalition for Media Freedom

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Thirteen media organizations have formed a coalition to help boost media freedom in Uganda. Representatives of the organizations that include academic bodies, civil society organizations and media houses, this afternoon signed a memorandum of understanding that launched the creation of Article 29 Coalition. This followed months of meetings and discussions facilitated by the Deepening Democracy Programme of the European Union. Article 29 in the 1995 Constitution is about freedoms including freedom of the media and expression. Dr George Lugalambi, the head of Makerere University's Mass Communication Department, who also oversaw the process, says the Coalition is ideally a platform for media freedom advocacy. //Cue in: We call it # Cue out: # for the media"//. Dr Lugalambi says formation of the Coalition has been inspired in part by threats on the media emanating from the government ahead of the 2011 general elections. He says there is also a need for the media fraternity to reflect on its future. //Cue in: Even without the # Cue out: # informs the public"//. Dr Lugalambi explains that the Coalition will engage the government and all stakeholders in an attempt to get the best policies that promote the media and enables it play a more useful role in society. //Cue in: We're going to # Cue out: # of the nation"//. The memorandum of understanding leaves the door open for other organizations and media houses that would wish to join the Coalition.

 

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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


I am also a media entrepreneur. I founded The West Niler newspaper and now runs Rainbow Media Corporation (Rainbow Radio 88.2 FM in Nebbi). My areas of interest are conflict and peacebuilding, business, climate change, health and children and young people, among others."