According to Rugunda, both government and media should be fighting for a better secure and prosperous Uganda such as shared desires. He underscored the importance of divergent healthy opinions between the two institutions.
Confrontation between the media and government is unnecessary, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda has said. According to Rugunda, there is need for both sides to cultivate a cordial relationship.
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He was speaking at the closure of a conference on "media coverage and security in Uganda" organized by Security Minister Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde this afternoon. He called for more dialogue between the two institutions to resolve their misunderstanding.
According to Rugunda, both government and the media should be fighting for a better secure and prosperous Uganda such as shared desires. He underscored the importance of divergent healthy opinions between the two institutions.
"Differences between government and the media do not mean enmity because divergence of ideas is inevitable. This ensures that many ideas are out so that at the end of the day society can benefit,” he said.
For a better relationship to be nurtured between government and media, Rugunda, said the former should provide regular and accurate information for the later to disseminate.
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Rugunda said a lot of information meant for public consumption is kept in government because some government officials claim they are not authorized to speak, a claim he dismissed.
The conference came up with a number of resolutions to guide the relationship between the two institutions including; security agencies opening communication channels with the media, security agencies being professional when dealing with the media and citizens, journalists being professional when covering sensitive security matters and continuous dialogue, among others.