UCC Suspends Daily Monitor Website

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has today suspended Daily Monitor from provision of online data communications services.

This has been revealed through a letter by the UCC Executive Director Eng. Godfrey Mutabaazi, which says that the publication failed to comply with UCC’s March 2018 directive for all online publishers to register and obtain authorization from the Commission.

UCC’s preliminary investigations have revealed that Monitor Publications Limited runs an online newspaper platform which falls within the scope of data communication services, provision of which requires one to obtain authorization from Uganda Communications Commission in accordance with sections 5(1)(a) and 27 of the Uganda Communications Act 2013, which Monitor Publication has never applied for,” The Letter read.

The Monitor has been given up to five days for them to register as the Commission continues to investigate the issue of the Speaker to ascertain whether Monitor “published the story in accordance with the expected standards and codes of ethics of journalism.”

At the time of publication of this post, the website was still accessible.