Word has been going round that earlier this week, State House Kampala directed that NTV’s sister station, NTV Uganda, will not be allowed to cover any presidential function.
This was after the station carried a story showing the president ‘sleeping’ during the recent budget reading. The express orders were allegedly communicated to the head of news department at the television, Maurice Mugisha on Tuesday morning.
However, the station has come out to deny the allegations.
According to a statement posted on its Facebook page this morning, the allegations are baseless and have been fanned by some reckless persons/media outlets. Here’s the statement;
“NTV (U) would like to dismiss the social media allegations that it has been suspended from covering Presidential functions as false, baseless and untrue.
These allegations have been fanned by some reckless persons/media outlets following an image posted on social media depicting the person of the President in a compromising position. NTV would like to confirm that the image was taken and posted by an unknown person with the intention of tarnishing the image of the station and the President.
We urge whoever is behind these viral allegations to stop henceforth or else face the consequences of these actions going forward. NTV (U) is committed to its editorial policy of fair, accurate and balanced reporting and would like to disassociate itself from such irresponsible acts.
We continue to shape the agenda of debate on Uganda and for Uganda and pride in professional reporting. We apologize to the President for this mishap and urge our viewers to exercise restraint while sharing our images on social media.