By Alex Byakatonda
The Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi, has cautioned journalists in the Kigezi region against biased and irresponsible reporting, which he said has led to catastrophic consequences in some parts of the world.
The Minister Baryomunsi was today opening a two a training of journalists from Kigezi region, being held at Kirigime Guesthouse under the Theme “the Drive for a responsible Media in Uganda”. The Minister noted that media practitioners ought to be responsible and patriotic since they are indispensable in shaping public agenda as well as helping government leaders to make informed actions.
Dr . Baryomunsi added that media space has been widened in the current dynamic times, and because of this government is looking forward to conducting more training for journalists for them to understand how government works and also improve on their professionalism as well as helping to forge a cordial working relationship with media.
On the issue of poor pay for the journalists, the Minister said much as they cannot dictate how many private entities pay their workers, they are engaging private media owners on the importance of giving moderate emoluments so as to have a strong media industry in Uganda.
The Chairperson of Media council of Uganda, Paulo Ekochu, said that the training was organized to fulfill the government mandate of making sure that journalists are skilled to do their job professionally.
The Kabale Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma, commended the media in Kabale for helping in the implementation of government programs. He also commended them for helping the government in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.