Lawyers Decry Parliament's Anti-Media Legislations


visit sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 200%; text-align: justify;”>The red flag was raised by top lawyers led by Uganda Law Society’s General Secretary, medicine Mr Nicholas Opio, cialis 40mg during a rights conference in Kampala.

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Opio noted with concern of how most of government recent policies and legislations were continually proving counteractive towards the aspired adherence to universal freedoms of the media.

Laws on pornography, homosexuality, communication, among others, he said, had an impact on media freedoms in significant ways that even the media doesn’t realise.

“For instance, the Anti-Pornography Law is a basically Anti-Publishing Law. If implemented fully, media houses may have no more business,” he said.

“I worry for tabloids and advertisers because this piece of legislation directly curtails fancy advertising, certain TV and radio programmes and some front page pictures.”

The law on homosexuality, Opio said, also significantly impacts on media freedoms, especially it’s section on promotion where publication of information that could be seen as supportive of homosexuals could land reporters in jail.

“Then comes the Public Oder Management Law, which in my view isn’t meant to manage public gatherings but a codification of government’s day today practice. The difference is that what government used to do without the law, they will now do with its full backing.”

Police, which is at the entry of the criminal justice system and the key implementer of these legislations, has lately not been at the best of terms with the media.

The latest report released by the Uganda Human Rights for Journalists indicated that police was the main perpetrator of violations of media rights, contributing up to 84% of these during the past year.


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