Section 29 (1) Press and Journalist Act 1995 provides that ;
No person being an employee of a foreign mass media organization or working as a freelancer for that mass media shall practice journalism in Uganda unless he or she is in possession of an accreditation card issued by the council.
Section 29 (2) states that ;
The accreditation card referred to in his section shall be issued upon payment of fees and upon such terms as may be prescribed by the council.
The Media Council works hand in hand with Media Center on matters of accreditation of foreign journalists. This therefore means that accreditation forms can be acquired from either Media Council or Media Centre offices.
There is however no harm if the journalists use either the Media Centre or the Media Council as their first point of contact.
Press accreditation process is considered complete at the Media Council offices after payment of the prescribed fees and issuance of an accreditation card.
(ii) A letter from an employer to the Secretary Media Council stating the purpose of visit.
(II) Passport size photograph. Can be attached physically or electronically.
(III) Form G is filled stating the particulars of the applicant.
(IV) On approval by the Secretary a fee of $175 Dollars per person is paid for a period not exceeding 30 days. Beyond 30 days up to 1 year of stay $225 Dollars per person is paid. Refer to New Regulations on fees as per gazette.
(V) Payment can be made at the Media Council offices in Kampala (in case of emergency) or the money can be wired to our Account.
Account name: Media Council
Barclays Bank (Uganda) Ltd.
7 Account No. 1419662
(VI) A press accreditation card/permit is issued to the applicant to complete the process.
(VII) physical Address:
Postel Building, Kampala
Clement Hill Road, 6th Floor-Rm. 7 and 14
P.O. Box 23780
Secretary Media Council (Mr. Pius Mwinganisa)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Council Nos:
Benefits of Accreditation
1. Helps in professionalization in journalism.
2. It helps journalists to access information by allowing participation in conferences, workshops, training and other gatherings.
3. It enhances the protection of the rights and privileges of journalists in the performance of their duties.
Eligibility for Accreditation
The following cadre of people are eligible for accreditation;
- Journalists working in media enterprises
- Freelance journalists
- Foreign Journalist
- Students pursuing media, journalism and communication studies
- Public Relations Practitioners
- Advertising Companies
- Media Trainers