NRM MP Seeks Self Regulation For Uganda Media

troche geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Hon. Kakoba (NRM, Buikwe North) said much of the media regulation in Africa is done by governments or government agencies.

Hon. Kakoba was a panelist during a discussion on ‘the role of parliamentarians in transforming state broadcasters into public broadcasters and spearheading media legislative reforms in Africa.’ This was during a Pan African Parliament(PAP) Conference on Media Legislative Reforms and Transforming State Broadcasters into Public Broadcasters in Africa held at PAP headquarters in Midrand, South Africa, December 2 – 3, 2013.

The Conference was organized following the Midrand Declaration on Press Freedom in Africa; in which the Pan African Parliament resolved to among others, launch the campaign on “Press Freedom for Development and Governance: Need for Reform” in all five Regions of Africa. Similar workshops will be held in the Eastern, Western, Central and Northern Africa.

Hon. Kakoba recommended that parliaments enact laws that ease access of information to journalists and the public.

“As parliamentarians, we need to create public awareness about the rights of the people with regard to access to information and freedom of expression,” he said.

Hon. Musa Mbutoh (Cameroon), the Chairperson Committee on Finance and Dr. Bernadette Lahai (Sierra Leone), the Chairperson Committee on ICT argued that having heads of media regulatory bodies appointed by the Minister in charge of Information or the President affects the independence of public broadcasters in Africa.

Hon. Vincent Bagiire (Uganda), said there was need to involve the Executive in future conferences on media freedom, since it introduces most of the legislation, where government business takes precedent over private business in Parliament.

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