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Media And UPDF Start Reconciliation Process Through Football

Media And UPDF Start Reconciliation Process Through Football

The media and the Uganda Peoples Defense Force (UPDF) start the reconciliation process. They started this with a football match between themselves at Phillip Omondi Stadium at Lugogo. The media and the UPDF have had a very sour relationship especially since campaigns kicked off. Journalists accused UPDF of always targetting them for purposes of violence.

The situation got even worse when Kyagulanyi was taking his petition to UNHCR. Forces claimed that they had not ascertained the presence of journalists in that area because they had no identifications. This the journalists disagreed with saying they always move with their work IDs plus they had vests on to show their profession.

Due to this, the National Association of Broadcasters and the UPDF reached an agreement. They agreed to work closely with each other.

“Both parties shall treat each other with dignity, respect and uphold all the rights including the responsible discharge of the freedom of the press and other media, mindful of the rights and freedoms of others as well as the obligations under the Constitution and the laws of the Republic of Uganda,” part of it read.

In the agreement, NAB was tasked to make sure journalists are always easily identified.

“NAB shall endeavour and ensure that the journalists and the media practitioners are identifiable at all times in the course of their work using branded press jackets and press IDs associated to a media house or issued by the media council or both.”

A reconciliation is journey might just be the much-needed catalyst.

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