NTUNGAMO– As Ugandan joined the rest of the World to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day on Monday, the Bishop of South Ankole Diocese Rt Rev Nathan Ahimbisibwe has called for an immediate national dialogue, saying the situation in the country and the World at large demands urgent reconciliation between media and security agencies.
Bishop Ahimbisibwe noted that there are pressing issues that warrant urgent dialogue because journalists and security complement need each other for the betterment of the country.
He commended the splendiferous work done by Ugandan journalists towards promoting fundamental change in terms of social, economic, political and religious.
However, Bishop Ahimbisibwe urged the journalists to uphold accuracy, objectivity and recommit themselves to the ethics that guide their noble profession.
Natamba Edward the coordinator South Western Institute for Policy and Advocacy (SOWIPA) a Community Based Organization based in Ntungamo district says that Journalists should be appreciated because amidst all challenges, they have done a tremendous work to make sure that Ugandans access information.
Natamba blamed security brutality on journalists during their line of duty to failure by security agencies to respect the governing laws adding that some of the officers who beat journalists have not been arrested and apprehended to deter other errant officers.
The veteran Journalist and member of National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Elliott Kabangira Magande who is also the general manager of Radio Ankole in Ntungamo District called on the government to move in and ensure that journalists are protected as they execute their duties.
Kabangira noted that the conduct is not only criminal but an affront to press freedom which he condemned in the strongest terms possible.
Kabangira also called upon all members of the press to adhere to the journalistic code of conduct rather than poor standards of journalism that is eating up the profession in the country.
On 3rd May annually, the World marks the International Press Freedom Day and this year’s theme was “Information as a public good.”
The chairperson of Ntungamo Journalists and media Association (NJAMA) Robert Rwambuka Mugisha, the Vision Group correspondent in Ntungamo District challenged the government to recognize the media since is the 4th arm of the government and apprehend the perpetrators of brutalizing journalists.
Asasira Saphira a female journalist working with Radio Ankole says the day gives female journalists courage to work hard and asks security agencies to always respect them while executing their work.
The National celebration was suspended due to the murder of former president of Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) Robert Kagolo.