Ofwono Opondo, the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, has urged journalists to highlight tendencies that may lead to discrimination and marginalization.
He says media should always be the eyes, ears and mouthpiece of citizens by reporting accurately, objectively, and fairly. According to him, everyone is a potential victim of discrimination so they should report it.
“Each of us is a potential candidate for discrimination and therefore we should be able to highlight tendencies that may lead to discrimination and marginalization. We can be displaced persons within our country,” he said.
Ofwono also says much as the media has done a great job, it is not yet at the pace it should be right now.
“We are moving. We are transforming, but not at the pace we should be, simply because 80 percent of the citizens do not know their rights the obligation to make Uganda better rests on all of us,” said Opondo.
The commission chairperson, Safia Nalule Jjuuko noted that the media fraternity plays an important role in the country.
“The media fraternity, I know that you have seen gender and equity positive provisions in our constitution. In our laws like the local government act, people have complained that they don’t implement these provisions. What was lacking was resource allocation to ensure these provisions can be implemented. This is the work now equal opportunities is doing,” she said.
This talk happened during an orientation for the media on gender and equality responsive reporting that took place this week.
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