About Media Council

The Media Council was established by the Press and Journalist Act; of 1995 and charged with the regulation of the Mass Media. The objective of the Law is to ensure the freedom of the press and to establish to regulate the mass media and arbitrate any disputes with in or relatede to the industry. and arbitrate any dispute within or related to the industry.

Under article 10(1) of the Press and Journalist Act 1995 Cap 105, the Council has the following functions:-

  1. To regulate the conduct and promote good ethical standards and discipline of journalists.
  2. To arbitrate disputes between the public and the media; and the State and the media.
  3. To exercise disciplinary control over journalist, editors and publishers.
  4. To promote generally the flow of information.
  5. To censor films, videotapes plays and other related apparatuses for public consumption.
  6. To exercise any function that may be authorized or required by law.

The council is further empowered to accredit foreign journalists who intend to carry out any act of journalism in Uganda.

Membership is drawn from members of the public with an impeccable record; National Union of Journalist of Uganda (NIJU), Newspaper proprietors and Editors Association UNEPA; the Electronic media; the Law Society and Scholars.

The Council tries its best to work hand in hand with its sister organizations namely the Broadcasting Council and the Communication commission. The media is an essential element of modern society because it’s through a free media that the organs of the state i.e. the executive, the legislature and the judiciary can be subjected to scrutiny. It is because of this scrutiny that they become responsive to society for which they are established.

The media being a watchdog function for the public it promotes democratization, accountability and good governance among other positive and patriotic values. The media being part of society has also a big responsibility to it. This is particularly important in a country like Uganda where on one hand freedom of the press is guaranteed by the national Constitution and on the other hand the democratization process is fragile and in its infancy. This is more so as the country transitions into a multi-party political system.

The Disciplinary/Arbitration Committee is established under the Press Journalist Statute 1995 one of its functions is to exercise disciplinary control over journalist, editors and publishers and to arbitrate disputes between the public and the media and the state and the media.

The Committee consists of:-

  1. The Chairman of the Council as its chairman
  2. The Secretary of the Council as its Secretary
  3. Four Members elected by the Council from amongst themselves

Our specialization

Mass Media Regulation
Press Freedom advocacy
Journalist Disciplinary Control
Film Classification

Media Council Regulations

Media Council of Uganda is set to be be more effective with the New Regulations under the Press and Journalist Act, Cap. 105.

The Regulations signed by Minister of Information and National Guidance Hon. Namayanja rose Nsereko were gazetted on 10th February 2014 in a bid to make the Council more effective and improve on the Professional conduct of Journalists and Mass Media practitioners.

The Press and Journalist (Amendment of fourth Schedule)  2014 No.4, is a Statutory Instrument addressing the professional code of ethics is one of the new regulations. This categorically states it application:

“This professional code of ethics applies to all persons practicing journalism and for the purposes of this code a person practises journalism if he or she is paid for the gathering, processing, publication or dissemination of information; and such person includes a freelance journalist.”

The same instruments outline other areas that were missing in the Schedule of 1995 when the Act was enacted by Parliament to address the changing media environment. These include among others, publication of Grotesque and gruesome pictures, obscene publications, intrusion into grief or shock, protection of children, victims of sexual assault among others.

The Press and Journalist (Fees) Regulations. 2014, Statutory Instruments 2014 N0.4 is the second set of the new regulations.  This regulation spells out the fees specified in the Schedule that shall be paid in respect of the matters they relate to in thePress and Journalists Act, Cap. 105.

Since 1995 when the law was put in place, these are the first regulations put in place to enable enforcement of the Act. The Press and Journalist Act gives powers to the Minister by section 42 and section 40 (3) to make regulations in consultation with the Council.

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals up to the task of a cleaner and more efficient media communications model

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