Media Forum launched in Parliament

HRNJ-Uganda Alert,

Kampala, 07th/November/2013;

 Media Forum launched in Parliament

The Ugandan Parliament has launched a forum to discuss and lobby for the improvement of the media industry in Uganda. ‘The Parliamentary Forum on the Media’ was launched by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, on 06th/November/2013, to listen to the concerns of the media practitioners and lobby for change on the floor of Parliament.

The Butambala Woman Member of Parliament, Mariam Nalubega is the chairperson of the Forum’s Steering Committee. The Forum brings together Members of Parliament from the ruling NRM party, opposition parties and the independents, especially those who were formerly journalists. It is expected to work closely with the various media associations and media development organizations to champion the cause for defence and promotion of media rights and freedoms.

The formation of this Forum would help media practitioners and development organistions to channel their views and grievances to the House for debate on the floor in a bid to create a better working environment.

“This is a good direction towards the achievement of freedom of expression and the media in Uganda. We hope the ‘Forum’ will effectively contribute to the struggle towards bettering the operational environment for the media in Uganda, most especially the legal impediments.” Said HRNJ-Uganda’ National Coordinator, Robert Ssempala

 

For More Information Contact;

Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone

P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627

E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk / Website: http://www.hrnjuganda.org; BLOG: http://hrnjuganda.blogpost.com

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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