UCC suspends Daily Monitor over Kadaga “witchcraft” story

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The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), the communications sector regulator has Wednesday, February 6 ordered Monitor Publications to cease Online publications effective today.

Ibrahim Bbossa, the head of Public relations at UCC has confirmed the development.

According to dated February 6 latter to Monitor Publications also copied to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabaazi accuses monitor of defaming Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga over an alleged publication of fake news.

Mutabazi says the news was published with the intention of damaging her [Kadaga] reputation.
He further says Monitor has also failed to comply with UCC’s March 2018 directive for all online publishers to register and obtain authorization from the Commission.

UCC says that its preliminary investigations have revealed that Monitor Publications Limited runs an online newspaper platform which falls within the scope of data communication services, provision of which requires one to obtain authorization from Uganda Communications Commission in accordance with sections 5(1)(a) and 27 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, which Monitor Publication has never applied for.

 

 

He has since given Monitor up to five days for them to register as the Commission continues to investigate the issue of the Speaker to ascertain whether Monitor “published the story in accordance with the expected standards and codes of ethics of journalism.”

He tasked Monitor to submit written representations regarding the subject of the story and their basis for the publication.

Get full suspension notice here: Monitor Publications

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