ACCREDITATION OF FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

Section 29 of the Press and Journalist Act, Cap. 105 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 Media Council.  The accreditation card referred to is issued upon payment of fees and upon such terms as are prescribed by the Media Council.

The Media Council of Uganda works hand in hand with the Uganda Media Centre on matters of accreditation of foreign journalists. This, therefore, means that accreditation forms can be got from either the Media Council or the Media Centre offices or websites. There is 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.

Requirements and Procedure for Accreditation:

  1. A letter from the employer of the journalist to the Secretary, Media Council of Uganda stating the purpose of visit.
  2. Two passport-size photographs and a Scanned Copy of your Passport to be attached and sent physically or electronically.
  • Fill Form G stating the applicant’s particulars and send to the following email addresses:

secretary@mediacouncil.ug

kasanga.kyetume@ict.go.ug

  1. On approval by the Secretary to the Media Council of Uganda,
  2. a fee of US$175 per person is paid for a period not exceeding 30 days of the journalist’s stay.
  3. a fee of US$225 per person is paid for a period beyond 30 days up to six months of stay.
  4. a fee of US$325 per person is paid for a period of two years. Refer to the Press and Journalist (Fees) Regulations, 2014.
  5. Payment should be wired to:

Account name:       M/S Media Council

Bank:   ABSA Bank (Uganda) Ltd

Physical Location: Plot No. 16, Kampala Roa, Kampala City.

Account No. : 1419662

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  1. Payment can also be made at the Media Council of Uganda offices in Kampala (in case of emergency).
  2. A press accreditation card/permit is issued to the applicant to complete the process.

Benefits of Accreditation

Accreditation of foreign journalists:

  1. helps them to access information by allowing participation in conferences, workshops, trainings and other gatherings or other official sources of public information; and
  2. enhances the protection of their rights and enjoyment of privileges in the performance of their duties in the country; and

Eligibility for Accreditation

The following cadre of people is eligible for accreditation:

  1. Journalists working in media enterprises
  2. Freelance journalists
  3. Students pursuing media, journalism and communication studies
  4. Public Relations Practitioners
  5. Advertising Companies
  6. Media Trainers