Political stature and media content in Uganda: a case study of Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation.

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Kampala International University.College of Humanities and social science
This research was carried following certain objectives that included; to examine the influence of politics on the content of broadcast media in the country to analyze the state of media freedom in Uganda, to identify the factors that affect broadcast media in Kampala and to examine the relationship between politics and broadcast media content broadcast by media houses in Uganda. Literature was reviewed from the work of different scholars and media institutions data but in line with the topic. This helped to compare the present and the past in the influence oCpolitics on media broadcasts. Analytical and qualitative methodology was used in designing the study variable and in this a questionnaire was used to collect data that helped in finding information. The study revealed that politics influences the content of broadcast media. This was attributed to factors like national security issues and thus the program manager at the television station ensures that all the information to be broadcasted is not affecting the interests of the state especially in security issues. The study also revealed that revealed that different factors affect media broadcast content in the country. These factors included politics, exposure ofjournalists, education level of the journalists in the country and the level of technology in the country. The study recommended that the government of Uganda should remove certain laws that prohibit the effective broadcasting of information by different media houses in the country. The study suggested that the government should define what exactly constitutes national security, economic sabotage, and public morality. But the courts should have the power to determine whether what was published actually is harmful to, say, national security. The government should make its case to the court. Moreover, given that these will always remain contested notions, civil society organisations should, on behalf of the public, lead a national dialogue intended to reach a degree of consensus on the definitions of these concepts.
Research submitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of requirements for tile award of a baciielor’s degree of Mass Communication of Kampala International University
Political, Stature, Media content, Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation.