Justice Lydia Mugambe of High Court Civil Division on Thursday says that the UCC's directive was illegal since it contravened with the journalists rights of freedom of speech, expression, publication among others enshrined in the Constitution of Uganda.
Court in Kampala has issued a temporary injunction restraining UCC and its
agents from enforcing its directive issued on April 30, 2019, to 13 media
organizations to suspend staff.
The Media houses are Akaboozi FM, BBS TV, Beat FM, Kingdom TV, NBS TV, NTV,
Pearl FM, Salt TV, Sapientia FM and Simba FM.
Justice Lydia Mugambe of High Court Civil Division on Thursday says that the
UCC's directive was illegal since it contravened with the journalists rights
of freedom of speech, expression, publication among others enshrined in
the Constitution of Uganda.
Justice Mugambe argued that after UCC issuing its directive on April, 30th,
2019, it held a meeting with National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) on
May, 7th, to discuss with them what the directive was all about yet the
court proceedings had commenced on May, 2nd.
has now issued an interim order pending the disposal of the main application
for judicial review filed by Uganda Journalists Association and two lawyers
Henry Byansi and Ronald Bwire against UCC.
was dragged to court in two separate suits filed by UJA and Lawyers Henry
Byansi and Ronald Bwire who argued that its directive to media houses to
immediately suspend their producer, head of news and head of programmes pending
conclusion of the investigations was an infringement on the constitutional
rights of the journalists.
The Commission had in its directive of April 30th, 2019 demanded that
within three days from the date when it was issued, the media houses
should submit to them the names, particulars and qualifications of the subject
It also demanded that within three days the media houses should submit the
recordings of all live programs and news bulletins aired on the April,
However, the journalists through their umbrella Association, UJA demanded an
interim order stopping UCC from implementing the directive.
UCC through its lawyer Abdul Salaam Waiswa objected arguing that by granting
the said order, its powers to regulate the media houses will have been
Waiswa has now told URN that as of now they will go with what court has
determined until the main case is determined.
The journalists who were at court through their secretary for Human Rights and
Safety, Arnold Mukose have welcomed the ruling saying it has been long overdue.