The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned media houses against the abuse of broadcasting standards saying that they will face the full force of the law.
The head of legal and compliance at UCC Abudu Sallam Waiswa said that the growing regulatory concerns were from non-compliance, unprofessionalism, neglected welfare of journalists, mistrust between the government and the media, the sensationalization of the news, fake news, among others.
He warned that everybody is liable to due process of the law, saying that the only immune person or institution to criminal processes and civil court processes is the President.
Mr Waiswa added that while journalists' work is important, individual journalists and practitioners will be held accountable together with their media houses.
“Therefore it is important for you to know that when regulators call you to order, it does not mean they are fighting you, but they are also doing their work.”
He made the remarks on Thursday while addressing Vision Group staff during a hybrid induction on legal and regulatory requirements journalists must put into account while doing their work.
“Before you broadcast anything, be reminded that your content should adhere to the standards and if you don’t, you will be guilty of breaching the minimum standards, the law and your license terms and conditions,” he said.
Meddy Kaggwa, the head of multimedia and content at UCC, reminded the media houses to strictly follow the advertising guidelines issued by UCC on herbal medicine energy drinks or they risk a total ban.