HNRJ defends media houses after snubbing parliamentary summons


Human Rights Network for Journalists (HNRJ) a non-governmental organisation that defends and protects the rights of journalists has backed the move by news editors from the three media houses that had been summoned to appear before the parliament’s Rules, discipline and privileges committee.

Speaking to Media on Wednesday morning, the National coordinator Robert Ssempala said there is need to respect the media and let it play its role of informing the public as an independent organ.

Ssempala added that if parliament is interested in discussing some issues with them, it needs to invite them not intimidate them.

The committee had summoned editors from Uganda Radio Network-URN, The Observer newspaper and The Red Pepper to appear over negative publicity to parliament.

Today, the three media houses Uganda Radio Network, The Observer and The Red Pepper did not appear or even respond to the committee’s summons issued on 10th October, 2016.

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