OO said following the confrontations between the media and the security agencies in the previous two years especially the election year, there was need to start a discussion on how to mend the relationship adding that government regrets the incidents where journalists have been brutalized which is why they have started reaching out to the media to rebuild the relationship with the media and media personalities.
The government has launched a charm offensive to repair its deteriorating relationship
with journalists across the country.
Ofwono Opndo, the government Spokesperson and Executive
Director of the Uganda Media Center is currently on a country wide drive
meeting journalists and other media personalities discussing measures on how
their relation can be mended.
relationship between the government agencies especially security bodies and
journalists has not been the best in the past years, the most recent squabble
arising from the February incident when beat up and
injured a number of journalists who had gone to cover a petition by National
Unity Platform leader Robert Kyagulanyi to the UNHRC in what the victims
described as a targeted and unprovoked broad-day attack on the media.
Opondo who was in Mbale City on Wednesday and met journalists at
Elgon Palace Hotel said that he is currently moving across the country to forge
a way of working with journalists since they all serve the same purpose of reaching
He said following the confrontations between the media and
the security agencies in the previous two years especially the election year,
there was need to start a discussion on how to mend the relationship adding
that government regrets the incidents where journalists have been brutalized which
is why they have started reaching out to the media to rebuild the relationship
with the media and media personalities.
He said the engagement between the government and the media will
help to build convergence but also help government to reflect on its work with the
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Moses Musila, the President of the Mount Elgon-Bukedi Media
Organisation, an Umbrella that binds journalists in Elgon and Bukedi sub
regions said that government has deliberately put up with a hostile environment to
curtail journalists from performing their duties.
Musila wondered why the Inspector General of Police Martin
Okoth Ochola would come out with a statement that the Police will continue
beating up journalists for their safety.
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Pamela Watuwa, the Resident City Commissioner of Mbale City
said that the media desires to have someone who cordially works with them and
that being stakeholders, government thrives on the media to relay information.
She said that the relationship between the government and
media should never be coercive or forced but rather be cultivated adding that
the media being a watch dog helps the government to perform.
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Watuwa however urged the media personalities to grow and
improve themselves professionally.
Recently, the Uganda People's Defense Forces played a football match with the media fraternity as a measure to renew the working relation between the force and the media fraternity. However, a few days later, journalists in Wakiso and Mityana districts were reported to have been brutalized by the same force.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.