It even came to an extent of generating hash tags to boycott some stations. NBS Television is one of the stations that has a hashtag running against them.
However, this is very absurd especially if we look at journalism using the ethics eye. It’s really hard to impress the public because by all means people expect you to be on their side.
One thing they do not understand is that journalists have ethics they stand on and they govern the way they do their work. By all means, it’s a requirement for journalists to be as neutral because its not for us to take sides.
It has become black mail lately if one doesn’t take a stand with threats blocking, boycotts and all that. Obviously there are times when a journalist can condemn the act but still not take sides. Like any other profession, media has overseers who put under scrutiny anything that is broadcasted.
Guidelines Media Broadcasters follow
When you look at UCC guidelines to the Ugandan media, you will understand that sometimes, our hands are tied. Much as most times, every station may want to go live when events are unfolding, this is pretty hard because some content according to the UCC may incite violence.
The number one rule journalists work with is objectivity of which when the times demand for sidelining, journalism can be misunderstood.
The duty of every journalist is to inform the public. Any half-baked information is never informative enough.
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