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Regulator or controller: A five-year analysis of the cat-and-mouse games between the Uganda Communications Commission and broadcasters in Uganda, pp 632-659

Volume: Volume 25 - 2021

Article type: Refereed article

Author/s: Daniel Masumba Walyemera

This article examines the conduct of the broadcasting regulator in Uganda. It considers whether the law governing the Uganda Communications Commission is in tandem with international human rights standards. This is in specific regard to media freedoms and other associated human rights. The major conclusion is that Uganda’s broadcasting regime is ambiguous and is used as a tool to facilitate partisan political interests. As a consequence, the said regime does not meet international human rights standards. The article recommends reform of the legal regime, including the operationalisation of the Uganda Communications Tribunal to curb the arbitrary directives of the Uganda Communications Commission to radio, television and online broadcasters in Uganda.

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Daniel Masumba Walyemera

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Criminal Justice and Procedure, University of the Western Cape. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4649-9030

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