The Parliamentary Forum on media freedom and safety intends to eliminate laws that bar the media from executing its duties. it will also ensure that the media houses and other State Agencies take into account the Media and their needs as part of the responsibility to respect and uphold the constitution.
The commitment was made by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga at the launch of the Parliamentary Forum on Media Freedom and Safety at Parliament.
She notes 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 adds 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.
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The forum’s acting Chairperson Mariam Nalubega says 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 aacount the Media and their needs as part of the responsibility to respect and uphold the constitution.
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The forum’s acting Publicity Secretary Lulume Bayiga says the media 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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