Makerere university students yesterday joined the world for the very first time to celebrate the world press freedom day. A delegation of 42 journalism students were ably present in the celebrations that took place at railway grounds located along Jinja road in Kampala.
The students alongside a group of journalists, civil servants and activists participated in a match flagged off by the minister of general duties, Mary Karooro Okurut to raise awareness on the need to safeguard press freedom in the country. In a unison match,students and journalists held placards that read the unsatisfactory treatment that they face as journalists in the country.
Among the journalists grievances written on placards was the call for the Uganda communications commission (UCC) executive director Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi to resign and leave the media alone.
This comes days after the communications regulator directed 13 broadcasters to suspend their senior staff for alleged breach of minimum broadcasting standards. The commission accuses them of carrying extremist or anarchic messages, including incitement of violence.
According to the interim president Makerere university journalism and communication association (MUJCA) John Okeya, students had a lot to learn, eat and drink and hope to join the match next year.
compiled by MARY GOLD ADONGO