Lawyers representing Mathew Kanyamunyu who was arrested following the shooting and eventual death of a child rights specialist Kenneth Akenna on November 12 this year have petitioned the Uganda Communications Commission to take against NTV for showing graphic video on the shooting.
Following the shooting which happened in the parking lot of Game stores, NTV in its November 13 bulletins reported about the shooting using a graphic video and warned the public that it’s was not evidence of the shooting but a reconstruction of some of the witness accounts.
However, Kanyamunyu’s lawyers Geoffrey Nangumya & Co. Advocates contend that video subjects their client to unfair hearing inciting the public against Kanyamunyu who is still in police custody to help with investigations into the case.
According to the letter written to UCC, a copy of which is been seen by this publication NTV’s actions contravenes the principles of suspect’s right to fair hearing.
“By engaging in false, sensationalist and illegal broadcasting, NTV has violated minimum broadcasting standards…….The purpose of this letter is to request that you invoke your regulator power and call to order the broadcaster who operates under the name and style of NTV in order to enhance the minimum broadcasting standards,” reads part of the letter.