UCC Probes Freedom Radio Over Besigye Talk Show

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On September 19th, Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission wrote to the Managing Director of Freedom Radio to submit the recordings of Besigyes talk show for investigations for inciting violence.

Uganda Communications Commission-UCC has directed Freedom Radio to submit recordings of a talk show, in which the former Forum for Democratic Change-FDC president is accused of inciting violence. Besigye appeared on a talk show on Freedom FM in Kabale town on September 09, 2017 between 09:30pm -11:00pm.

 
He relocated to Freedom Radio after he was blocked from appearing on Voice of Kigezi for a paid talk show on the directives from the office of Kabale Resident District Commissioner. While appearing on Freedom City, Besigye rallied his supporters to contest in the forthcoming local council elections. 




He also rallied voters to support Shillah Arituha, the former FDC candidate for the Rukiga Woman MP seat. Besigye also called on all Ugandans to resist the constitutional bill 2017, which seeks to provide for compulsory land acquisition for government projects and the proposed scrapping of the presidential age limit.
 
 
On September 19th, Engineer Godfrey Mutabazi, the Executive Director, Uganda Communications Commission wrote to the Managing Director of Freedom Radio to submit the recordings of Besigye's talk show for investigations for inciting violence. Freedom FM was expected to deliver the recording not letter than September 22, 2017.

 
Mark Adi, the Programs Director Freedom Radio has confirmed the development, saying they have already submitted the recording to Uganda Communications Commission for review. He however, says the complaints about the talk show are politically influenced.




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Besigye's talk show on Freedom Radio came a few days after president; Yoweri Museveni appeared on Voice of Kigezi and several other stations to clarify the Constitutional amendment bill 2017.


During the talk show, Museveni warned media houses especially radio stations against hosting those opposed to the proposed amendment.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.