Thursday May 1 2014

Promote professionalism, media told


Media owners and trainers have blamed Uganda Communication Commission for the deteriorating standards of journalism across the country.
“It is one thing to tell us [media] what to do but it is another to follow it up through supervision,” said Mr Wilson Kaija, a lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere Unversity.

Mr Kaija said this at a media dialogue in Kampala on Wednesday, where he highlighted issues related to journalists’ pay, with many of them working without contracts.

However, Mr Paul Mukasa from UCC, said the law provides the minimum broadcasting standards, which guide them [UCC] to implement agreed upon standards.

The dialogue was organised by the Uganda Media Development Foundation in partnership with Konrad-Adenaur-Stiftung under the theme, “Creating an enabling environment for professional Journalism: The role of media owners and managers.”

Delivering a keynote address, Mr Don Wanyama, the Daily Monitor Managing Editor, asked media owners to give journalists space to do their work.