By Benjamin Jumbe
The editors guild together with centre for public interest law have dragged the government to court challenging the media council directives.
According to court documents, the applicants want a Judicial review and an order to quash the directives of the media council of Uganda issued relating to accreditation for journalists for coverage of 2021 elections and other state events.
They also want court to quash the illegal registration and accreditation of journalists to cover the 2021 general elections and other state events and declare that the registration of journalists by the media council of Uganda without an operational national institute of journalists of Uganda to enrol journalists in accordance with the press and journalists act cap 105 is illegal and irregular.
They also want court to order prohibition and permanent injunction restraining the respondent’s security agencies from implementing the illegal, irregular and irrational directives of the media council.
The affidavits were signed by Daniel Kalinaki the Interim chairperson of the Editors guild and Francis Obonyo the acting executive director of the Centre for Public interest Law.