Electronic Media Act
- Commenced on 21 June 1996
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
Part I – Interpretation
1. InterpretationIn this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—
Part II – Installation of television and radio stations, etc.
2. Installation of television and radio stations
3. Registration of television and radio stations, etc.
4. Functions of a proprietor and a producerA proprietor or a producer of a broadcasting station or disseminating apparatus shall—
5. Disqualification of a producerA person shall not be appointed a producer of a station if—
6. Broadcasting licences
7. Right to broadcast
8. Minimum broadcasting standardsA person shall not carry out any broadcasting or operate a cinematograph theatre unless what is to be broadcast or exhibited is in compliance with the provisions of the First Schedule to this Act.
Part III – Broadcasting Council
9. Establishment of the Broadcasting Council
10. Functions of the council
11. Removal of member from officeThe office of a member of the council shall fall vacant—
12. Meetings of the council, etc.
13. Remuneration of members of the councilMembers of the council may be paid such remuneration or allowances as may be approved by the Minister.
14. Annual reportThe council shall, within three months after the end of each year, submit to the Minister an annual report on all activities of the council, and the Minister shall lay the report before Parliament within three months after receiving it.
15. Staff of the council
Part IV – Financial provisions
16. Funds of the council
17. Investment by the councilThe council may invest monies of the council in securities issued or guaranteed by the Government or in any project approved by the Government.
18. Financial yearThe financial year of the council shall be twelve months beginning from the 1st day of July and ending on the 30th day of June each year.
19. Accounts and audit
Part V – Regulation of video and cinema operators, etc.
20. Theatre licences
21. Registration of video and cinematograph operators
Part VI – Licensing of television sets
22. Viewers licence, etc.
23. Dealers licence, etc.
Part VII – Miscellaneous
24. Exemption from personal liabilityA servant or agent of the council shall not, in his or her personal capacity, be liable in civil or criminal proceedings in respect of any act or omission done in good faith in the performance of his or her functions under this Act.
25. Power of entry and inspection
26. Ethical broadcasting standardsSubject to section 10(1)(e), the ethical broadcasting standards that shall apply to broadcasters shall be the professional code of ethics specified in the First Schedule to the Press and Journalist Act and shall be applicable with such modifications as are necessary to bring it in line with the provisions of this Act.
27. Duplicate licencesA person may, where the original licence is lost or defaced, be granted a duplicate licence upon application to the council and upon payment of the specified fee.
History of this document
21 June 1996