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The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has asked the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to rescind directives requiring media house to suspend staff.

NAB chairman, Kin Karisa in a letter to UCC Executive Director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi dated May 2nd, 2019 said implementing the “abrupt suspension of key staff on orders of UCC will have adverse consequences,” on operations of media houses.

UCC on Wednesday said it had ordered 13 radio stations and TVs to suspend 39 staff over breach of minimum broadcasting standards.

The lists released by UCC on Wednesday evening include six televisions and seven radios.

They are; Akaboozi FM, BBS TV, Beat FM, Bukedde TV, Capital FM, CBS FM, Kingdom TV, NBS TV, NTV, Pearl FM, Salt TV, Sapientia FM and Simba FM.

UCC ordered each of the stations to suspend the producers, head of news, and head of programmes.

This means, if the UCC directive is implemented, media houses would temporarily shut doors for 39 senior staff.

The directive, Karisa says will undermine the quality of journalism by creating an environment of fear, weaken in-media house standards and controls and compromise opportunity for dialogue between UCC and broadcasters.

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