Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Uganda government bans NTV Uganda, 'suspends their coverage' after showing president Yoweri Museveni sleeping in parliament.

The Ugandan government is continuing its clampdown on press freedom and the right of freedom of speech  of the media, banning NTV Uganda and "suspending their coverage" after NTV Uganda showed Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni sleeping in parliament.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that NTV Uganda, part of the Nation Media Group is getting banned, with the Ugandan government saying NTV Uganda will be punished.

NTV Uganda showed viewers president Yoweri Museveni sleeping in parliament, and now the president's government says it has "suspended NTV Uganda's coverage of the president". The Uganda government says NTV Uganda "lack professionalism" and has been doing "biased coverage".

The Ugandan government has not remarked on the lack of professionalism of president Yoweri Museveni for sleeping on the job.

"The president has habits, he meditates and they know it," the government spokesperson Dennis Katungi told AFP, saying NTV Uganda will be punished "to make them think".

Yoweri Museveni who is 69 came to power in a coup in 1986 and Uganda's constitution was changed to make limitless presidential terms possible for the parliamentary "meditator".

During Yoweri Museveni's ongoing reign, NTV Uganda has been shut down twice already - the last time in 2006 for "non-compliance".