STOP HARASSING, ABUSING RIGHTS OF JOURNALISTS—US EMBASSY
By Kevin Tuheirwe
The increased harassment and abuse of journalists rights has attracted reactions from different stakeholders who called for immediate action from government.
Ronald Hawkins, the Public Affairs Officer at United States of America Mission Embassy in Kampala, decried harassment and abuse journalists rights in Uganda.
He however asked journalists to remain focused to ensure that they are watchdogs of the society saying this will for make political leaders and civil servants to be accountable.
This was reached during the opening of a three day Media & Governance Skills Training for Journalists from Kigezi region at white Horse Inn in Kabale municipality.
However, Moses Paul Sserwanga, an advocate of High Court of Uganda and a Media, Communications Consultant challenged Journalists to promote media ethical practices while writing and investigating stories, if they are to remain relevant to their audience.
The training that is organized by Uganda Media Development Foundation-UMDF with support from the United States of America mission is aimed at identifying the gaps that other professionals see in media reporting on governance and public accountability.
Sserwanga said that journalists need to re-commit themselves in adhering to professional ethical codes such as objectivity and fairness in order to guard against misusing the enjoyment of the right to information.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website