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Kaweesi murder: UCC warns on gruesome images

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 17th March 2017 05:35 PM

"The commission has received complaints of broadcast of gruesome images of Kaweesi and his colleagues causing distress to some members of the public."

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Following the Friday's murder of the Uganda Police Spokesperson Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has warned the media over gruesome images of the late Kaweesi and slain police officers.

Fred Enanga and Assuman Mugenyi arrive at the crime scene. Photos by Yusuf Ogoola

Television stations, online and social media sites have, since morning, have been using pictures of the scene of crime, including the ones of the slain Police officers.

 Security minister Henry Tumukunde (second right) arriving at the scene of crime in Kulambiro

The statement signed by Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director, stated that whereas it's the duty of media to inform the public through news and programming, broadcasters must ensure that the images are neither sensational or do not cause unnecessary alarm.

 

 Grace Turyagumanawe and Andrew Sorowen at the crime scene

"The commission has received complaints of the repeated broadcast of gruesome images of Kaweesi and his colleagues causing distress to some members of the public," reads part of the statement.

UCC furthermore argues broadcasters to re-use any material in the current affairs context including use archive material in the way that doesn't create unfairness result to inaccuracies to the bereaved family and some members of public.

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