The Journalism Code of Ethics calls for independence among practitioners in order to enable journalists to diligently serve the public and avoid a real or perceived conflict of interest. It discourages Journalists from taking gifts, favours, and special treatment or benefit that may compromise their integrity or impartiality, and damage their credibility.
Elly Rwakoma, a photo Journalist during the President Idi Amin Dadas regime in the 1970s says it is so appalling that journalists do not go to the ground to get information, but most from their desks with limited verification.
Dr George Lugalambi, a media Expert and former Mass communications lecturer at Makerere University says press freedom is not getting any better. He says the motivation for people in Government towards gagging the media have not changed over time.
Recalling his journey in the newsroom, senior journalists say that Cheeye has left a mark in the journalism industry despite the tragedy that befell him long after he left the newsroom, finding himself in prison, for the same crime that he had fought through the use of the pen.
During a post-Press Freedom Day media conference organised by the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with Uganda Journalists Association UJA at Grand Imperial Hotel today, the experts agree that the Uganda Police Force comes top in human rights reports for violating rights of journalists. They are however quick to add that media owners violate the rights of journalists they are supposed to protect as their employees.
Rukutana says that the directive announced by Information Minister Jim Muhwezi is based on a court order issued by Deputy Chief Justice Stephen Kavuma on April 29. The order follows a constitutional application lodged by the Attorney General seeking determination of the legality of the defiance campaign and its activities.
Kintu Musoke then a journalist with the African Pilot and Charles Binaisa a Journalist with Uganda Argus started UJA in Accra, Ghana in 1963. They had gone at attend a Pan African Union of Journalists conference that was hosted by the Late President Nkwame Nkrumah.