About Media Council

The Media Council of Uganda was established by Section 8 (1) of the Press and Journalist Act, Cap 105 and charged with regulation of the Mass Media. The objective of the Law is to ensure the freedom and responsibility of the press, and regulate the Mass Media.

Membership of the Media Council

Under Section 8 (2) thereof, the Council membership is drawn from members of the public with an impeccable record as follows:

  1. The Director of Information or a senior officer from the Ministry responsible for information, who is also the Secretary to the Council;
  2. Two distinguished scholars in mass communication appointed by the Minister in consultation with the National Institute of Journalists of Uganda (NIJU);
  3. One representative nominated by the Uganda Newspaper Proprietors and Editors Association (UNEPA);
  4. Four representatives of whom two represent the electronic media and two represent NIJU;
  5. Four members of the public not being journalists, who are persons of proven integrity and good repute, of whom two are nominated by the Minister, one by UNEPA and one by the journalists; and
  6. A distinguished practicing lawyer nominated by the Uganda Law Society.

The Chairperson of the Council is elected by the members from among themselves.

Members of the Council hold office for a period of three years upon such terms and conditions as specified in the instruments of appointment and are eligible for reappointment.

A member of the Council may resign his or her office in writing, addressed to the Chairperson and in case of the Chairperson, to the Minister.

Under Section 9 of the Act, 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 journalists, editors and publishers;
  4. To promote, generally, the flow of information;
  5. To censor films, videotapes, plays and other related apparatuses for public consumption; and
  6. To exercise any function that may be authorised or required by any law.

The council is further empowered under Section 29 to accredit foreign journalists who intend to carry out any act of journalism in Uganda.

The Media Council specialises in the following:

  1. Mass Media Regulation
  2. Press freedom advocacy
  3. Disciplinary control
  4. Film classification

Disciplinary Committee

The Disciplinary Committee is established under Section 30 of the Press Journalist Act, Cap 105. Its functions include exercising disciplinary control over journalists, editors and publishers, and to arbitrating disputes between the public and the media, and the state and the media.

The Committee consists of:

  1. The Chairperson of the Media Council as its Chairperson;
  2. The Secretary to the Media Council as its Secretary; and
  3. Four Members elected by the Council from among themselves.

The Committee, when hearing disciplinary cases, appoints an advocate of not less than five years’ standing to advise the disciplinary committee.

Four members of the committee form a quorum.

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.

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