The Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Frank Tumwebaze has appealed to media reporters to observe the canons of journalism in the wake of fake news and engineered distortions by political actors.
Mr. Tumwebaze, who also supervises the media regulator, UCC, said in a brief statement on social media on Tuesday evening that journalists owe the society truth in their reporting.
His comments came few hours after police released a comprehensive report confirming that musician Ziggy Wine who was initially said to have been murdered, died of a motor accident.
“My appeal to our journalists, especially those regrettably deviating from the credible journalism, to desist from regurgitating anything they pick from irresponsible rumor mills,” said Tumwebaze.
“They (journalists) owe the society a duty of not offending the value system. Pandering cheap populism and lies is immoral,” added Tumwebaze.
Some earlier media reports had indicated that Ziggy Wine, real names Michael Alinda, was kidnapped tortured and eye plucked out before being dumped at Mulago hospital.
According to police, Ziggy Wine knocked a nursery teacher named Atoro Loy on July 21, 2019 and hit his head on the tarmac without protective gear. He suffered severe head injuries and was first admitted at a clinic in Kyebando before being transferred to Mulago where he was admitted and given patient number 471567/2019.
Ziggy Wine was later picked from Mulago by his family and taken to Nsambya Hospital Kampala. Nsambya referred the patient to Mulago neurological department where he succumbed to head injuries.