The Parliament of Uganda has initiated a bill seeking to protect the image of the President, MPs and other leaders in elective positions.
The details of the bill which have since leaked on social media indicate that it was tabled before Parliament on February 12, 2021 is titled “PREVENTION OF RUMOURS, PROPAGANDA AND FAKE NEWS.”
The object of this bill is to provide for the prevention of initiation, sharing, and/or distribution of rumours, anti-government propaganda and related materials in private and public spaces.
The bill further says that the duties and responsibilities of heads of familie, religious leaders, academic staff like teachers and lecturers, private company managers, celebrities, and all other people in positions of leadership and influence in society to avoid speech, writing or electronic correspondence that tarnishes the image of elected representatives, leaders, presidential appointees and their families.
The bill in particular seeks to ensure that the image of elected representatives, leaders. presidential appointees is protected.
Political leaders and other prominent Ugandans have lately been victims of fake news which is widely circulated on internet platforms.