LAWYERS REPRESENTING Mathew Kanyamunyu suspected for having shot Kenneth this week petitioned the Uganda Communications Commission to take action against NTV for airing a graphic video on the shooting.
Latest information has it on a bad note that NTV has yet again come under criticism for sensationalising and possibly misrepresenting facts about the murder of a child rights activist Kenneth Akena at Lugogo Mall in Kampala this week.
The source of criticism came from Police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kawesi who claimed that NTV Ugandan and other media could be held culpable for facilitating murder by choosing to watch from the sidelines for a story.
“Why would a normal person cover people killing somebody without calling police and then after telecasting your video clips you start saying you don’t support such yet are sometimes available while criminal happen and you didn’t call police,”Kawesi warned journalists:
Kawesi’s concerns also came after some media outlets telecast incidents of mob justice that occurred in Kyengera thisweek as residents descended on a suspected thief and clobbered him to death.
Another incident happened when one Richard Sekemba was killed by someone who claimed that Sekemba had stollen his motorcycle. The incident happened in Namasoo, Nakasongora district.
Kawesi added: “There is no way you can say that you don’t support mob justice yet whenever you see such you don’t call police and if we are starting to investigate the cameraman is the first witness. Media has been too instrumental in this.”
Kawesi urged journalists to ‘start acting as responsible citizens. “Nobody is authorized to take laws as he /she wishes that’s why Judiciary is there please media cooperate with the police because you get informed quickly than police”
But Robert Ssempala, the coordinator of Human Rights Network of Journalists- Uganda, which fights for journalists’ freedom. Ssempala defended the media saying they are simply the mirror of society. He instead shifted blame on the police for failing to sensitize the population about the dangers of mob justice.