Journalists in Uganda warned against organizing press conferences for MPs

Journalists in Uganda warned against Organizing press conferences for MPs
Journalists interview Gen. Elly Tumwine, the newly appointed Security Minister after he appeared before the Parliamentary Appointments Committee for vetting recently. Courtesy Photo

A row has emerged between Parliament and journalists accredited to cover the House over convening press conferences for Members of Parliament.

Parliament’s 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.

According to a press statement, journalists accredited to parliament are not supposed to organise press conferences for MPs or any other group.

“We would like to remind you of your duties as Journalists accredited to cover Parliament, which do not include convening Press Conferences for MPs or any other group,” the statement reads.

The communication further notes that although the journalists may have personal relations with Members of Parliament, it doesn’t mean they should exerci