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Is It Right To Put The Media On Gun Point

Is It Right To Put Ugandan Media On Gun Point To Chose Sides At Such A Time?

Many viewers have come out and put different Ugandan media stations on gun point to chose political sides to which they belong. Actually, some viewers have already sidelined some stations claiming they are in support of the ruling party, NRM.

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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About William Eninu

William is a Senior Editor at Newslex Point and has been since January 2020. He is a creative writer who enjoys a good read, books and coffee are his friends.

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