Electronic Media Coverage of Political Activities in Uganda (2012-2014) A Case Study of UBC Radio

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Kampala International University, Colleges of humanities and social sciences
The study was undertaken to asses how electronic media covers political activities in Uganda.The coverage of political activities in Uganda has undergone several challenges. There was a major point in the politics of Uganda when Amin was the ruler for 8 years (1971- 1979). This period saw the political process collapse. Amins regime used fear and terror as central instruments of policy and media control. A large number of journalists and politicians lost their lives under the times of state research bureau during Amin’s regime. It is sad to note that even today there are situations where journalists who have given chance to the opposition to air out their views have been arrested and the media companies they work for being closed down. This brings us to the fact that there is need to put in place independent regulatory frameworks to promote the growth of a strong, free and diverse broadcasting sector that serves the public interest.The specific objectives of the study were; (i) To establish the problems faced by journalists covering political issues. (ii) To establish the benefits derived from coverage of political issues. (iii) To find out the impact of political news stories on the audience of UBC. (iv) To identify the different forms of campaigns by mass media towards promotion of free coverage of political activities.
A Research Report Submitted to the Department of Mass Communication for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication of Kampala International University.
Electronic Media, Political Activities, 2012-2014, UBC Radio