Parliament Pledges to Uphold Media Freedom

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In short
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.

Parliament pledges 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.

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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About the author

Olive Nakatudde
Olive Nakatudde is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Nakatudde has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Nakatudde started out in journalism in 2009 with Dembe FM radio in Kampala. In 2012, Nakatudde joined Voice of Africa as a political reporter. She has been a photographer since her journalism school days at Makerere University.

Nakatudde is interested in good governance and public policy, which she reports on intensively from the Uganda Parliament. She is a keen follower of cultural affairs in Buganda Kingdom and covers the kingdom's Lukiiko (parliament). Nakatudde also reports on education and health.