UCC to regulate online media; sets deadline

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has set 5th October, 2020 as the deadline for registration of online media platforms. This targets online data communication and broadcasting services like blogs, online radios, online newspapers, online televisions, audio over IP(AoIP) which are required to disclose certain information before passing on certain information to the public.

The Uganda Communications Act,2013 requires that the broadcasting entity reveals its shareholding and financial structure in the application and ensure they are adhered to throughout the authorisation period.

The Uganda Broadcasters Association Secretary General Mr Joseph Beyanga revealed though they are not against the regulation, clarity is needed as to the intention, terms and conditions of the act according to Daily Monitor. He advised that regulation is needed, but should aim at growing the industry rather than frustrate it.

However Ms Irene Kaggwa Sewankambo, the UCC executive director revealed this is not a new regulation since it was introduced in 2018. She said there are already 48 players registered and working with the body.

The application form for authorisation is shs 100,000 while terms and conditions are given upon registration though can be accessed. The entity is required to give all employees contracts of employment and conform to the laws of Uganda.

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