CLARIFICATION ON THE PARLIAMENT TELEVISION AND FM RADIO (PTR) BROADCASTING SERVICES PROJECT
On 14th August 2017, a report ran in one of the local media publications on the Parliament Television and Radio (PTR) Broadcasting Services project.
While the report was correct in stating that Parliament intends to start its own television and radio broadcasting services as part of efforts to educate the public on its role as a legislative body, some of the other information provided was inaccurate.
The idea of for the PTR Broadcasting Services project as noted in the media report was kick started in 2013 by the Parliament of Uganda under the Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament. It was based on the Global Parliamentary Report of 2012, produced jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which observed that world over, there is growing demand for Parliaments to engage its citizens more and increase their awareness about parliamentary activities.
It recommends that member countries, Uganda inclusive, should establish television and radio broadcasting services to enhance Parliament-Public interactions.
In addition, the second National Development Plan (NDP II), Uganda's Vision 2040 and the Parliament's strategic plans (2012-17/2016 -20) all emphasize the need for improving public engagement in parliamentary affairs.
It's against this background that the PTR Broadcasting Services Project was started. Although the project was intended to run for a two-year period (2013-2014) this was extended to allow for an adequate analysis of how PTRs work in other countries, carrying out of both social and technical feasibility studies on the proposed project as well as funding considerations.
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