Coronavirus: UCC Warns Media Against Fake News

UCC Ag. Executive Director, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned all media outlets against broadcasting misleading and inaccurate information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Uganda registered its first victim of Corona virus on March 20 and the number has since risen to 9.

In a statement issued by UCC Ag. Executive Director, Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, since the outbreak was registered in the country, some broadcasting operators of radio, television and online platforms have been disseminating misleading and inaccurate information.

Uganda Communication Commission is mandated under Section 5(1)(x) of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, to set standards, monitor and enforce compliance relating to content.

Kaggwa reminded all broadcasting operators about the obligation to ensure that information is not disseminated or any allegation made without establishing its correctness or truth.

She noted that all News and any information shall be presented accurately and in such a way as not to create undue public panic.

“The Commission hereby cautions all broadcasting operators to ensure that the respective authorities have confirmed the truth and correctness of all news and information broadcast concerning the Corona Virus outbreak,” Kaggwa said.

She added that a portal has been provided to facilitate the quick and easy access to accurate and up to date information regarding Coronavirus.

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