The state Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Peter Ogwang is the keynote speaker on the 3rd annual media conference to be held in Lira on 23rd October 2020.
Under the theme: “Role of Media During Elections and Pandemic,” the conference will be held at Garden Inn Hotel, Lira.
The annual event is the initiative of Great Lakes Centre for Strategic Media Studies (GLCSMS), its subsidiary digital newspaper, TND News. It’s supported by different partners and individuals.
Speaking ahead of the day, Mr Milton Emmy Akwam, the GLCSMS’s CEO, and the event’s chief initiator, said that over the last years, the conference has brought together close to 300 participants who have discussed and given a way forward to over 15 conference subjects.
The conference has given both media/journalists, and different stakeholders a platform to meet, discuss and resolve on key issues affecting both media and the society.
Journalists from Lango, Acholi, Teso, West Nile and Kampala have been invited, he says.
Under the theme: “Role of Media during Elections and Pandemic” Mr Akwam says the conference will discuss media roles during elections and Covid-19 pandemic, urging different government representatives (agencies) to embrace “selfless service offered by media”.
“To stop further spread and death, the media plays, and is still playing a big role in sensitizing, educating and informing the public of the government’s best health measures to curb the virus,” Akwam noted.
In 2019 conference, Access to Information was one of the key topics discussed, and participants agreed that it is “important to give media information” and also, media should report accurately, with integrity and “sympathy in some areas”.
Dr Henry Mwebesa, Director General Health Services (Ministry of Health) will make official address on the topic: “Staying Safe during pandemic and Post Covid-19,”
State Minister for Northern Uganda, Hon. Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny will be the Chief Guest, among different leaders.