The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has summoned presenters of eight local television stations for allegedly using abusive, demeaning, derogatory statements against different personalities.
The communications regulator on Thursday said it had received complaints that the programs, most of which are entertainment shows, invade the privacy of individuals, contain inaccurate, misleading and unverified content as well as adult-oriented content, sexual innuendos and profanity, among others.
”Accordance with Sections 5(1)(b),(x), and (j), 29(b),31 and 45 of the Uganda Communications Act, 2013, UCC has instituted investigations into the complaints focusing on the role of presenters because they run the programs. Previously, the focus had been on media owners”. UCC noted
“The Commission has specifically invited presenters as key sector players because it is alleged that the language and statements used by the presenters and guests are often abusive, demeaning, derogatory and contain unsubstantiated claims against different personalities,” UCC said in a statement
UCC identified the television stations and their respective programs as Live Wire (Spark TV), Uncut Sabula and Uncut Kalakata (NBS TV), Kapyaki (Kingdom TV) Tik-Tak Sesetula (Dream TV) and Access (BTM TV).
Others are Round About (BBS TV), Poko Poko (Baba TV), Short Circuit Sonsomola (Urban TV), Kachumbali (Top TV), Evening Zone (ABS TV), Select E- Buzz (STV).
The statement comes in the wake of a heated social media debate about the showbiz and entertainment journalism in the country sparked by local musician Emmanual Ssuuna alias Omulangira Ssuuna who dragged three TV presenters and a blogger to court on charges of offensive communication and criminal libel.
Isaac Kawalya Ssemulondo alias Kayz, Bryan Kennedy Waako and Williams Makuliro who work for NBS TV and Ibrahim Tusubira alias Isma Olaxess, the chairperson of Uganda Bloggers Association, were remanded to Kitalya on the above charges.