LASPNET trains scribes on election reporting
By Kitts D.Mabonga
The members of the media fraternity have been urged to remain objective as they prepare to cover the official presidential and parliamentary elections 2021 which shall be held on Thursday 14th January despite the many numerous challenges in the whole exercise.
The call we last week made by the chief executive officer Legal aid service providers Network [LASPNET] Dr.Sylivia Namubiru Mukasa while addressing over 80 journalists during a two day special media training workshop on election reporting that was sponsored by her organization and held at hotel Africana.
Dr.Mukasa said that it was the cardinal responsibility of the government to ensure that journalists are given the necessary protection as they execute their work of reporting on election matters because it is their constitutional duty to inform the public about what goes on during elections.
BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO THE POPULATION THROUGH EFFECTIVE REPORTING ON THE 2021 ELECTIONS.
A cross section of journalists that attended the very important training workshop which was geared towards equipping them with the relevant skills on how to best report on the forthcoming general elections slatted for 14th January.
She observed that LASPNET normally holds two annual scribes training sessions each year on key issues affecting the country and this time round being the elections which he wants to be held in a free and fair environment.
The head of legal affairs at the electoral commission Mr.Kayondo Abubaker who made a presentation on equipping participants with knowledge on EC guidelines for media coverage of elections in Uganda urged the scribes to be focused as they went about with reporting on election related news because the public entirely depends on them for information.
DEMANDING FOR FAIR ELECTION GUIDELINES WHICH MAKES IT EASY FOR SCRIBES TO REPORT WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOR.
The chief executive officer LASPNET Dr.Sylivia Namubiru Mukasa while making her remarks at the opening session of the workshop.
Ms. Catherine Anite who is the media and human rights advocate at Freedom of expression hub challenged the credibility of the Uganda media council when it recently came out and issued controversial directives calling upon all scribes to seek express accreditation at their council to authorize the journalists before reporting on the elections.
Participants during the training session last week, they resolved to go out nad report about the elections without intimidation from security forces and other state machinations.
Anite wondered how the council which is not legally constituted could go out of its way to issues disturbing directives which are geared towards disrupting the journalists’ mandate of reporting on the elections saying the council’s acts are illegal and unacceptable in a free democratic country like Uganda.
The workshop which was moderated by the senior scribe at NBS Tv Solomon Sserwanja agreed to challenge the government to ensure that security agencies do not infringe on the rights of journalist as they get down to reporting on the elections.