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Katureebe warns media on sensationalising Amama petition

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Deputy Attorney General (AG) Mwesigwa Rukutana has raised a concern of how media is reporting about proceedings in the Amama Mbabazi petition currently before Supreme Court.

Rukutana says media reports are “sensational and intended to arouse anxiety”.

“When petitioner’s counsel appeared to amend the Amama Mbabazi petition, media reported that Mbabazi had won “Round 1″”

Rukutana pointed out an article in the Daily Monitor titled “Ghosts of Previous Elections May Haunt Supreme Court” saying the retired Supreme Court justice Professor Kanyeihamba’s article is “speculative and intended at arousing anxiety”.

Rukutana says media has consistently broken subjudice rule, asking court to direct the scribes on the matter.

Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in response said the people responsible for regulating the press [Media Council] should look into the matter.

Katureebe says they have been “very concerned” about the media’s coverage of Amama Mbabazi petition.

He said court allowed media to cover the proceedings with a view that they would report responsibly.


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