News & Up­dates:

Three me­dia houses have been sum­moned again to ap­pear be­fore a Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of writ­ing neg­a­tive sto­ries on the in­sti­tu­tion.

The com­mit­tee on Rules, Priv­i­leges and Dis­ci­pline has is­sued fresh sum­mons to the ed­i­tors of Red Pep­per news­pa­per; Ob­server, a tri-weekly news­pa­per and Uganda Ra­dio Net­work, a news agency.

Three me­dia houses de­clined to honor ear­lier sum­mons to ap­pear be­fore the com­mit­tee last week, to an­swer to con­cerns by Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment on what they termed as neg­a­tive sto­ries, deemed  to be sen­sa­tional and un­bal­anced, and plac­ing Par­lia­men­t’s im­age in dis­re­pute.

The Ed­i­tor in chief of Vi­sion Group, Bar­bara Kaija, ac­com­pa­nied by the Ed­i­tor in chief New Vi­sion, John Kakande and Tony Kirabira, the com­pa­ny’s le­gal of­fi­cer ap­peared be­fore the com­mit­tee.

A let­ter au­thored by the com­mit­tee chair­man, Clement Obote, dated Oc­to­ber 10th 2016, states that the com­mit­tee wants the me­dia houses to ap­pear on Oc­to­ber 18th 2016 to clar­ify on the pub­li­ca­tions au­thored by the in­sti­tu­tions about Par­lia­ment.

Some of the sto­ries un­der scrutiny in­clude re­ports that Par­lia­ment spent about 2 bil­lion shillings on over 70 MPs for the UNAA con­ven­tion in the United States of Amer­ica.

Also ques­tioned is a story pub­lished by Ka­munye, a sis­ter pa­per of the Red Pep­per, in which pic­tures of MPs de­picted as pigs was pub­lished, while the Ob­server’s story on Par­lia­ment shut­ting down due to the UNAA con­ven­tion also prompted the sum­mons from the com­mit­tee.