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I don’t support gagging media, says Tumwebaze


ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze

ICT minister Frank Tumwebaze says he is against the banning and gagging of media because he believes in a liberal society.

He was last week assessing government’s ICT strategy on NBS television.

He said one of the strategies being taken on is government institutions effectively communicating.

Communication is now going to become a mainstream function, he argued, adding that government institutions will be assessed by how effective they communicate.

“Personally, I do not support banning or gagging,” he said.

He added: “A digital society is good. But we have to be careful.”

According to the minister, the more a country develops, the better its cyber security becomes.

He said countries like the UK, Denmark and Australia are at that point so they do not need to block social media but can block what their citizens can access online.

“We are not there yet.”

He said government is liberal in licensing media houses and its policy is to promote freedom of speech as much as it can.

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