By Watchdog reporter

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi has banned radio and television stations from live broadcasting the contentious age limit debates.

In a letter issued to all broadcasters, Mutabazi says these live broadcasts are inciting the public, discriminating, stirring up hatred, promoting a culture of violence amongst viewers and are likely to create public insecurity or violence.

According to Mutabazi, such live broadcasts are a breach of minimum broadcasting standards as laid down in section 31 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013 and best practice guidelines for electronic media coverage / reporting and broadcasting of live events.

“The commission hereby directs all broadcasters to immediately stop and refrain from broadcasting live feeds which are in breach of the minimum broadcasting standards and the best practice guidelines for electronic media coverage/ reporting and broadcasting of live events,” stated Mutabazi.

“The commission shall not hesitate to carry out enforcement for non-compliance with these guidelines an any further breach will result in suspension and revocation of your license in accordance with section 41 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013,” he added.

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