Police: Only accredited journalists will be allowed to cover 2021 elections

KAMPALA: Police has notified that only allow accredited journalists by the Media Council to cover the remaining events of the 2021 elections starting tomorrow Wednesday December 31.

In a statement issued by the new Deputy Inspector General of Police Maj. Gen. Paul Lokech, he says that the accreditation process that has been open to all media practitioners expires tomorrow on Wednesday.

He says that the accreditation will help them to distinguish journalists who are compliant from those who are holding out.

Lokech reveals that the Media Council has generated a list of all journalists who have been accredited, registered and are compliant with valid Media Council press badges, which shall operate as a working tool by journalists.

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“All the accredited journalists and media practitioners must visibly wear their press badges at all times, while covering the political campaigns and electoral events. They should also know that the media press badges are personalized and therefore, non-transferable,” says Lokech.

He adds that all their zonal and territorial commanders have been availed the list of all successfully accredited journalists for ease of verification.

“This arrangement will help us accord journalists better protection over the remaining electoral process,” he says.

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