KAMPALA,Dec. 14 — Students of media studies fresh from graduating have been advised to expose the rot in society as well as government excesses.
“You should stick to the truth and expose the wrongs in society. Ensure that the government faces the truth however painful it is,” Prof. Edward Kakonge, the principal of Crane Media Institute told the group of journalism fellows.
The Biochemistry professor also cautioned them not to take sides when reporting about government and society issues.
This was at the graduation ceremony of the institute at Uganda Museum in Kampala this week.
Rose Namayanja, the minister of information and national guidance, attended the function. There, she urged the fresh graduates to maintain professional standards by taking into account ethics and code of conduct.
She also appealed to the new media entrants to protect the African society in this era of social media.
“In this new era and generation of the dot com, as you go out in the field of practicing journalism and the fields of your study, always be wary of and jealous to protect the African society.”
The minister implored journalists to work within the confines of the law and respect human rights.
Namayanja, who is also the Nakaseke Woman MP, encouraged the group to consider furthering their studies to acquire more knowledge and skills in media advocacy.
Her ministry is reviewing legal framework for the institutions mandated to disseminate information to the public in accordance to law to guard against unethical conduct.
Dora Asiimwe, a mother of a five-months- old baby, was part of the group that graduated. Currently a freelancer at UBC Radio, she said she is committed to sticking to reporting the truth.
Meanwhile, Sharif Kizito – who graduated in video production – put his acquired skills into practice by shooting the proceedings of the graduation ceremony and promised to venture into war zones.
The students were awarded diplomas in journalism, information and communication technology, secretarial studies and music, drama and dance.