The Ugandan government is working on a new media law to consolidate existing acts regulating the industry and tackle pressing challenges faced by media practitioners. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, disclosed this during the 24th Annual General Meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The move aims to address concerns raised by media professionals and owners regarding stringent laws that have been perceived as disadvantageous.
Speaking at the NAB meeting, Dr. Baryomunsi stated that ongoing consultations are being conducted to formulate an effective law that benefits both the government and the media industry. The National Association of Broadcasters, through its former chairperson and the new chairperson of the board of trustees, Kin Kariisa, highlighted challenges faced by the industry, including financial burdens.
While the outgoing committee has achieved success in various areas, there is a call for the government to allocate budgetary provisions for media coverage, a task that the new committee will likely follow up on. The NAB elected a new executive committee with Dr. Innocent Nahabwe as the new chairperson, deputized by Joe Kigozi from Next Media.
Additionally, the association adopted amendments to its constitution and elected a board of trustees, with Kin Kariisa assuming the role of chairperson. The move reflects a collaborative effort between the government and the media industry to address concerns, fostering a more balanced regulatory framework.