State bans live coverage of defiance campaign


Vice president,Hon Jim Muhwezi and UPDF spokesperson paddy Ankunda during world press freedom day

The minister of Information, Maj Gen. Jim Muhwezi, says cabinet has directed that the live coverage of defiance campaign be banned hence with.

Muhwezi says the ban extends to the live broadcast of all opposition activities under the defiance campaign.

This, he said, is premised on the pending injunction against the defiance campaign which aims at stopping President Museveni’s swearing in ceremony on May 12.

Muhwezi made the remarks Thursday at a press briefing in Kampala attended by the Inspector general of Police Gen Kale Kayihura, Uganda Communications Commission Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi, Uganda Media Centre Executive Director Ofwono Opondo.

“These people have an important role to play to further the statement I’m going to read,” Muhwezi said, adding that the defiance campaign is organised by opposition groups led by Dr Kizza Besigye.

He said the continuation of this order is illegal because it’s a breach of a court order.

Muhwezi noted that the purpose of this campaign is to stop the swearing in of President Museveni which also hoes against the will of the electorate.

“Cabinet directed that the police to ensure hat the interim order issued by court is strictly adhered to.”

Cabinet also agreed that live coverage of the defiance campaign should stop otherwise their broad at license will be revoked.

“Any continuation to promote what the court has stopped is illegal and unacceptable and will not be tolerated by government. Opposition parties can hold press conferences, but if they talk about defiance, don’t broadcast it.”

He adds: “I wanted to meet the media face to face and send this as a last warning. No excuses that you didn’t know. Live coverage, talk shows…have all been stopped.”

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