UBC barred from airing Libya protests

The state-owned public broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC), has been barred from airing any coverage of the ongoing public protests in Libya and a number of other North African and Maghreb countries, The Observer reports.

The gag order, according to impeccable sources within UBC, came down from the corporation’s managing director, Edward Musinguzi Mugasa, sometime in the afternoon of Sunday, February 20, as the Electoral Commission prepared to announce the official results of the presidential elections.
The explanation accompanying the order, our sources say, was that news stories, and most particularly video footage, from these countries could incite riots in Uganda.
Mugasa could not be reached for comment, but the corporation’s spokeswoman, Jane Kasumba, denied knowledge of any such directive.

Read the full article in The Observer

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