In Summary
  • Uganda Communications Commission says the broadcast stations broke various laws including their licence terms and conditions, and the Press and Journalists Act.
  • The broadcasters are NTV, NBS, BBS, Bukedde TV and Radio Sapientia.
  • UCC, in its findings report, said that the five stations should show cause why they their licences should not be revoked.

Five broadcast stations in Uganda risk losing their licences after the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) said it found that they had breached broadcasting standards while covering events that followed the arrest of pop star-turned-politician Bobi Wine.

The broadcasters are NTV, NBS, BBS, Bukedde TV and Radio Sapientia.

UCC accuses the stations of breaking various laws including their licence terms and conditions, and the Press and Journalists Act, as well as lack of sufficient safeguards in their editorial policies to address conflict of interest of staff.

In May, the media regulator directed the suspension of producers, head of News and head of Programmes in seven radio and six television stations.

The affected television stations were NBS TV, BBS TV, NTV, Bukedde TV, Kingdom TV and Salt TV, Radio Two-also known as Akaboozi FM, Beat FM, Capital FM, Pearl FM, Sapientia FM and Radio Simba.

Robert Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was arrested in April for holding an allegedly illegal protest in July 2018. His supporters held protests after he was detained.

UCC said broadcasts of the events, including his court appearance in May, misrepresented "information with the intent to alarm the public and incite violence through extremist or archaic messages."

The agency also faulted the media houses for inciting the public against other members of the public based on their political, religious, cultural and tribal affiliations in a manner likely to create public insecurity or violence.

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