Lawyers Petition High Court over UCC 's Directive to Media Houses

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Ronald Bwire of Mayende and Associated Advocates and Henry Byansi have today filed a suit before the High Court Civil division seeking court to quash UCC directive to media houses to suspend some of its staff.

Two lawyers have asked court to quash a directive issued by Uganda Communications Commission- UCC to suspend staff of radio and Television Stations. 


On Wednesday, UCC ordered seven radio stations and six television stations to suspend staff for suspected breach of Minimum broadcasting standards. The Commission directed the suspension of Producers, Head of News and Head of Programmes.


Ronald Bwire of Mayende and Associated Advocates and Henry Byansi have today filed a suit before the High Court Civil division seeking court to quash the directive.


Byansi says that directive is, biased, arbitrary and unfair. He says that the directive is an infringement on press freedom in Uganda.
 
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Bwire says that while UCC has the mandate to regulate Media in Uganda, it has no mandate to suspend or terminate contracts of employees of media houses.

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Bwire adds that the procedure used by UCC is questionable because it passed judgement before listening to the individuals or media houses. He says that UCC should have conducted investigations before taking any decision.


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The petition was received by Sarah Nanga, the Registrar High Court Civil Division.