Lawyers: telecom regulator out of order on media suspensions

The Uganda Law Society calls upon the Uganda Communication Commission to rescind the purported directive to order the media stations to suspend their staff for allegedly breaching the minimum broadcasting standards.

This comes after the Commission ordered for the suspension of close to 40 managers, editors and producers of 7 Radio Stations and 6 Television stations last week.

In statements issued by the President of Uganda Law Society Simon Peter Kinobe says that UCC has no legal mandate to order suspension of any media staff, as disciplinary action against journalists is the mandate of the media council.

He adds that the directive is prejudicial and affront to media freedom and intended to muzzle journalistic expression and access to information such as live coverage of political events contrary to the constitution of Uganda .