Opinion: New accreditation scheme from the Media Council made to silence media ahead of the polls

Today on the 31st December 2020 is the final day of reckoning in the sense that Uganda Media Council is giving out accreditations to journalists who are supposed to follow the final stretch of the polls. These are people who are already hired and working as journalists. Still, some will be blocked by this technicality.

Like Devosh Matovu of Track UG Channel on Youtube, Rock TV Uganda and Devosh Olwokya Youtube have been denied accreditation this time around.

Also Solomon Kaweesa a journalist working at NTV Uganda has also gotten denied.

These are just two who has gone out publicly with the news that they have lost it. For one reason or another. However, expect more. This might happen to all the outlets the Uganda Communication Commission wrote to Google and Youtube about as well. Ghetto TV and other outlets who are favourable of the opposition will lose their accreditation ahead of the polls. Don’t be shocked if that happens…

That is why the state does it two weeks ahead of the polls. It is a pure bitch move of the state. To take down the ones reporting in favour of the opposition. The Media Council and UCC are working in tandem. These government entities are all favourable for the President and his reign. That is why the ones opposing the state is directly targeted.

It will happen to more and these two is only the beginning. The journalists have to stop following the President and his state in the coming days. They have to defy the pressers and whatnot. If they want to be taken serious. As they are direct targets for updating on what’s happening. Something the state clearly don’t want to happen at this time. As they know their vicious ways. Peace.

GLCSMS Statement on Police brutality against Journalists (29.12.2020)

National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) letter to IGP Okoth-Ochola – The Continous Assault and Brutal Attacs on the Media by Security Forces (28.12.2020)

Opinion: OLF-Shane/Shene is an imaginary group…

If you want to be deceived and lied too. It is every easy. Especially, when one group, one party and one state controls the airwaves. When one man and his “yes men” delivers all the information and nobody can check it. However, that makes it more important to say it as it is.

Yes, there is an Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and been an entity since the 1973. The OLF was registered as a Political Party in November 2018. Recently in Kenya, the Prime Minister Abiy claimed the OLF was the same as Al-Shabaab. Clearly offering the narrative that the Oromo Party is an enemy and a terrorist organization.

This is why the state and National Broadcasters are busy scheming and making reasons to deregister and vilify the OLF. They have already arrested the leadership of OLF and also taken activists behind bars. The state is already blocking the telecommunication and airwaves in parts of Oromia as well. Where people are dying because of state officers and law enforcement.

Yesterday alone in Wallaga, Oromia. The state killed 358 civilians and arrested 2900 “suspects”. This they did as they were against the imaginary group OLF-Shane/Shene. A group that is non-existent and only in the mind of the regime. It is a mirage and bad reflection of judgment creating a group out of thin-air.

The Prosperity Party, the ENDF and all its comrades are really foolish fighting ghosts and hot-air. They will find very little and only cause more harm. They are only creating a bloodshed and more grief. These actions are not getting more friends, but more enemies. As the grudges and the ones who lost loved ones. Might want to later down line avenge these lost ones. The ones in struggle wants to make them martyrs and make a statement.

Because, the state is coming with injustice and extra judicial killings. Having a massacre in Wallaga Oromia against nobody. They are causing more conflict and that needs to be addressed. Right now the war-fare in Tigray gets all the headlines. However, the massacre in Wallaga, Oromia shouldn’t go forgotten. Especially, since its that many people who has lost their lives.

The state is fighting a make-belief, they are fighting an excuse and a lie. That is what they are doing. Not the OLF, but an OLF-Shane/Shene. Which is a mockery… and foolish mind-games that nobody should buy into. Its a bunch of rubbish. That is why its really showing how much propaganda the state wants out. As they are fact-checking international media, but speaking of non-existent armed group they are fighting in Oromia. That is how far they are taking it and what they are willing to do.

This is why you cannot trust the government and state media. When they are making up stuff like this. Creating evidence and enemies out of thin-air. If they can do that in Wallaga, Oromia on the 16th December 2020. What have they been doing elsewhere? There is a media blackout and the ones daring to speak out get either detained or ends up dead. So, its not like they would challenge the government and their narratives. These folks wants to live and have a job the next day. Even if that means lying or being the microphone for the state. They got no choice but to do so. Who wants to risk it all over coving a mass amount of death? You might end up with the same fate yourself.

This is really dangerous. When the state are willing to trade stories like this and sell it. There is no grounds for this. Instead of taking responsibility and telling it straight. They rather make up ghosts and fairy-tales. That is the bleak reality. Peace.

Opinion: UCC goes only after Bobi Wine Friendly Youtube Channels …

The Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) wrote a letter to Google INC on the 9th December 2020, as they stated that several accounts was breaching Ugandan Law through the Youtube Platform. These accounts, channels and media houses that is targeted just happening to be People Power and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine friendly ones. They are not going after anyone who has made accounts praising the President or the NRM. No, they are just targeting a selective 14 channels on Youtube and Facebook. It is very intentional.

That the UCC does this isn’t shocking nor surprising. This is the same UCC who has blocked opposition from appearing on radio broadcasts and blocked people from wearing red berets on TV shows. This government entity is working as the good servant for the Presidency and his vision. The UCC is a slave to the President and all of his actions. If they weren’t that. It wouldn’t have acted like this. Muffling the free speech and using the law to suppress alternative media. If the UCC cared about that. They would have targeted these actions differently, alas they do it now in midst of campaigning. As they know no other follows the opposition and particularly Bobi Wine like these media outlets.

These fourteen in question is: TMO Online, Fred Lumbuye, Trending Channel UG, Uganda Yaffe, Uganda News Update, Ghetto TV, Busesa Media Update, Uganda Empya, Map Mediya TV, KK Tv, Ekyooto TV, Namungo Media, Jil Muwonge 2 and Bobi Wine 2021.

These 14 entities are on Youtube and these channels have to follow Terms of Services. These channels have to follow laws and the jurisdiction to the Youtube and Google. These entities are following the usage and rightfully so. They are putting out content, because of the ability to do so. If they are putting out content that is deemed illegal or unfit for Google/Youtube. The company can strike them, they can suspend and they can delete it. This is being done on a regular and they can also get demonetized as well… which means that the entities or channels can loose ad revenue, if Youtube deem it unfriendly and make it unprofitable content. That is also something they do to their creators. Therefore, the UCC is sending a warning and possibly making this possible for these channels.

However, the UCC doesn’t have a direct connection or control here. The Google/Youtube enterprise is following laws and statutes from elsewhere. Therefore, the question is in another dominion. Meaning, this can only be a plea by the UC to shut these down or suspend them. However, the UCC doesn’t deliver anything substantial. Other than some nice wordings in a long letter, but no direct proof of the allegations. They are not proving which videos or clips that is horrific or “hate speech”. That is why this is very fruitless.

The UCC is acting as the mouthpiece of the President. He only wants UBC, UBC lite versions out there and New Vision outlets. Which only spew out his propaganda. The President only wants his words and his “victories”. The man doesn’t want other things out and that is undermining his standing in the public. As people are getting news, views and perspective outside his controlled media space. This is why the UCC is going after these 14 Youtube Channels.

The UCC wouldn’t do this, if they wasn’t interested to prove their loyalty. These channels are only targeted because they dare to make content, which is friendly to the main opponent Bobi Wine. If they weren’t they wouldn’t be in trouble or hit like this. Peace.

Tchad: Haute Autorite des Media et de l’Audiovisuel (HAMA) – Communique de Presse No. 11 (30.11.2020)

Tchad: Union des Syndicats du Tchad (U.S.T) – Communique de Presse (28.11.2020)

Togo: Ministere de la Communication et des Media – Note de Service No. 345 – A l’intention des responsables des medias d’Etat (20.11.2020)

Ethiopia: Ethiopian Mass-Media Professionals Association (EMMPA) – Call for responsible Journalism (16.11.2020)