UCC, Journalists’ Case Pushed to October

Hearing of the main application in which journalists through Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) challenge Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) directives which involved the suspending of 39 journalists from 13 media houses, has been pushed to 8th October 2019 for hearing.

This matter had come up for hearing yesterday but the lawyers representing UCC asked the trial judge Lydia Mugambe to grant them time to study and file response on the new consolidated applications filed by Uganda Human Rights Network for Journalist (HRNJ) and Centre for Constitutional Governance.

All parties in this case have been ordered to file their submissions not later than 8th October 2019.

Lawyer representing the new petitioners pointed revealed that they had decided to add the Attorney General as the respondent because Uganda Media council is not yet fully constituted and the UCC which is supposed to by the president are non-existing in the country today.

On 13 April 2019 UCC wrote to the managing Director of various stations to suspend their head of news, producers and head of programming pending conclusion of investigations.

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