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Uganda media is restricted – reason some stories are not told

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In November 2016, the world watched as Kasese, the Rwenzururu Kingdom was being bombed to smithereens.  The world watched horrific images and videos.  The world saw pictures. The Uganda government put a ban on all Uganda media on broadcasting what was going on as hundreds of civilians were being killed, burned and thrown into mass graves.  The world will never forget those images.  The images of naked women handcuffed in a line up.

What about the image of all the royal guards who were naked with their hands tied down and dead and lying face down.  Rebels fight.  The people of Rwenzururu and Kasese were not rebels.  The world must not forget the #Kasese #Massacre.  It the world forgets and if Ugandans forget, then we are all accomplices in a genocide.  We ignored the genocide in Northern Uganda.  Likely because many of us had no access to information.  But Kasese happened right in front of our eyes.

Media houses were much too afraid but Ugandans told the world that a slaughter was going on.  None of our opposition leaders or religious leaders spoke for the people of Kasese.  This goes to tell us that we do not need politicians or religious leaders to tell the world about our suffering.  We can do it ourselves.

Below is one article which was published in a govt red rug of some sort.

UCC Moves To Ban Media Houses Over Kasese Massacre Coverage

By Serestino Tusingwire

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned the media against broadcasting issues of Kasese crisis and trial of incarcerated Rwenzururu cultural leader, Charles Wesley Mumbere.

In a press statement released on Tuesday evening, UCC said that media houses must always ensure that the programs are always in line with minimum broadcasting standards enshrined in section 31 on Uganda communications act 2013.

“Any broadcasting of matters in courts of law must be done in such away as not to prejudice the rights of suspects and the victims or otherwise compromise the court process.”

UCC however noted that the way many sections of the media have been reporting these issues directly prejudice the victims and the suspects.

It’s from this point therefore that UCC issued a directive aimed at refraining media from airing any programs regarding the Kasese incident and prosecution of Omusinga Mumbere.

Since November 28, Kasese clashes have been on everyone’s lips blaming security for mercilessly gunning down over 100 people and arresting over 139 including the King who is currently battling murder charges.

RED PEPPER will never be intimidated. It is a news site that just arrived on the Uganda scene. The people shall tell their stories. The world will know.  No turning back.

Martha Leah Nangalama

Editor and Contributor, Peril of Africa

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