The government set a directive to provide free airtime during prime time to all government issues which media operators agreed and obliged to follow.
This was witnessed during the presidential addresses during the partial covid19 lockdown where President Museveni appeared on all media outlets in the country for more than 10 times giving updates and guidance to the nation.
But with the start of the political campaigns, the NRM presidential candidate Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appeared on selected TVs twice which has raises concerns from state officials wondering why media has dumped the directives.
Now the chairperson of the national association of broadcasters Kin Kalisa says, the current addresses by candidate Museveni are not state related and media operators have a right to either broadcast or not broadcast candidate Museveni ‘s address.
In a meeting with the national commission regulator (UCC) NAB officials have asked UCC to come out clear and clean to guide on this matter which seems to be either misinterpreted or misunderstood by mainly the state.
But office from UCC are asking media operators who being put on pressure over the matter to seek redress from the commission.
Meanwhile, media rights activists are strongly stating that the state and the NRM should not wrongly or unlawfully use media to at this time to pass over party massages to the electorates.