The government of the Republic of Uganda has listed at least 14 online channels affiliated to the National Unity Platform (NUP) party which it wants American based communications giants of YouTube, Facebook and Google to close with immediate effect. The inplicated channels include; Ghetto TV, Map Mediya TV, Ekyooto, JB Muwonge Live, Fred Lumbuye, among others.
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In a letter dated December 9, 2020 that UCC sent to the CEO of Google in the USA, the communications regulator noted that these channels violate the Ugandan Law, using YouTube.
“The Commission is in receipt of complaints from stakeholders including the Minister of Internal Affairs (as Chairperson of the National Security Council), the Uganda Police Force and has also observed that communication services, platforms and networks, including YouTube, are being used to publish, disseminate, and/or broadcast content that, contrary to Uganda Communications Act of 2013 and Regulation 8(2) of the Uganda Communications,” part of the letter reads.
The government also accuses the listed channels of fostering hate speech and sectarian violence which they believe could have triggered last month’s protests that left over 54 citizens killed in the clashes with armed forces.
“Contains [content] extremist or anarchic messages, including messages likely to incite violence against sections of the public on account of their tribe and political opinions. May compromise national security and cause economic sabotage,” UCC’s December letter explained.