Journalists’ Case Stalls as UCC Asks For More Time

Hearing of the case in which journalists body, Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) and two others concerned citizens seek an interim injunction against Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) orders for the suspension of staff from 13 media houses, has failed to commence today.

Appearing before Justice Lydia Mugambe this evening, UCC’s Counsel Abdul Salaam Waiswa informed court that they had just been served with a 23 paragraph affidavit in rejoinder which requires them time to go through.

He also showed concern about being served by several parties on the same case which was consolidated by the same court last week.

Counsel Arinaitwe Peter who stood in for counsel Eron Kiiza who represents the journalists, asked court to stand over the matter for one hour which prompted the trial judge to adjourn the case to tomorrow morning for hearing

In their application, the Journalists seek an injunction restraining UCC and its agents from seeking recordings of live news bulletins aired on 29th April 2019 pending disposal of the main application

At the same time, they want court to restrain UCC from issuing more regulatory sanctions against the aforementioned media houses pending disposal of main suit

On 13th April 2019, UCC through Executive Director Godfrey Mutabaazi wrote to the Managing Director of various stations to suspend their head of news, producers, Heads of Program pending conclusion of the commission’s investigation of their actions.

These are accused of breaching minimum broadcasting standards.

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