From The Rev’s garden in Wakiso.
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Want to sleep; can't sleep
This afternoon Brother Sam handed me a copy of a document on principles to guide the drafting of a Press and Journalist Amendment Bill
Quoting Section 6.1.8
To amend the existing Act to create offenses and penalties against media houses that publish material prejudicial to national security, stability, and unity or utterances that are injurious to Uganda’s relations with her neighbors or friendly countries or utterances and publish materials that tantamount to economic sabotage.
Quoting Section 5.3.2
To provide for the imposition of limits on foreign ownership except where the Company is offering community services.
This is to ensure that effective ownership and control of the local print media remains in the hands of Uganda so as to limit external influence. However, Ugandans can partner with foreign elements as investors. But for the appropriate balance, the level of ownership permitted for a foreigner should not exceed 50%.
Quoting Section 5.4
To provide for the registration of video and cinema operators as a measure for their effective regulation.
The lack of registration of video or cinema operators has resulted in poor service delivery to the public by way of substandard services and exposure to violence and pornography, particularly children in the video/cinema halls.
To the detriment of Universal Primary Education (UPE), children spend time in video halls instead of attending school. To cure this, one such measure in the Act is to ensure that apparatus for video and cinema operators is registered with the Media Council.
*The picture at the top of this blog is a variation of the Three Wise Monkeys very respectfully ripped from the wonderful art horror blog of John Gajowski. To him full credit goes.