Statement From Media Council Putting Red Pepper “Hello” Management to Book Over its Sectarian Headline

 

Ref: MC/PRT/16/005
November 14, 2016
The Chief Executive Officer,
Pepper Publications Limited
KAMPALA.
Dear Sir / Madam,

RE: ARTICLE TITLED “MUNYANKORE TYCOON SHOOTS ACHOLI GUY DEAD TO IMPRESS BABE @ GAME MALL”

This is in reference to your above captioned article published in your Hello Newspaper of Monday 14th November 2016 Vol. 5 No. 018.

The article, in particular the headline is manifestly sectarian contrary to the provisions of Section 41 of the Penal Code Act Cap. 120, and blatantly misleading as to suggest that a crime has been committed on the basis of ethnicity. The manner of reporting is grossly irresponsible.

Pursuant to powers vested in the Council under Section 9 of the Press and Journalists Act Cap. 105 you are hereby directed to stop and desist from reporting the said subject crime, or any other, in the impugned manner and/or directing the reporting of the crime to an ethnic context that is likely to offend the provisions of Section 41 of the Penal Code Act abovementioned.

Should you opt to continue in the same manner of reporting further action shall be taken to against you accordingly.

You are also hereby put on notice the you have not registered the particulars of Hello Newspaper as required under Section 5 of the Press and Journalists Act, which is an offence under the law.

For: MEDIA COUNCIL OF UGANDA
Paulo Ekochu
CHAIRMAN

c.c. Hon. Frank Tumwebaze,
Minister for Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance
Kampala.

c.c. Hon. Mr. Justice Mike Chibita
Director of Public Prosecutions
Kampala.

c.c. The Chairperson,
Parliamentary Committee on Information, Communication and Technology
Kampala.

c.c. The Commissioner Media Crimes
Uganda Police Force.
Kampala.

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