A row has emerged between Parliament and journalists accredited to cover the House over convening press conferences for Members of Parliament. Parliaments Department of Communications and Public Affairs CPA issued a warning today against journalists convening press conferences for Members of Parliament, saying they are overstepping their boundaries.
In what appears to be a softening tone after the recent attacks on the media, Kadaga has likened the relationship between Parliament and the media to two pumpkins that are near each other and they continue to collide sometimes. This collision is not because they are enemies.
As journalists who cover parliament, we subscribe to the journalists creed and the journalists code of ethics. We are not paid to publish stories and we challenge any MP who has ever paid for a story to come forward. We strongly oppose the plan to have journalists swear oaths and we actually describe it as laughable.