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Media Blamed on Mis, Disinformation on Gender Reporting


Media houses and Journalists have been pointed out as one of the major players who have kept mis and disinformation on gender alive.

Media is believed to be among the top spreaders of disinformation which is making it difficult for the fight against gender inequality to be a success.

Some of these highlights were revealed in the Report by Pollicy dubbed; Amplified Abuse 2021.

During a two days Capacity Building program on Online Gender Based Violence (OGBV) and Gender Mis and Disinformation Organized by Pollicy. in partnership with the Uganda Media Women Association (UMWA), Brenda Namata, a communications officer, UMWA noted that Media houses in Uganda had a gap in their pollicies that if addressed could help combat the gender disinformation vice.

Unfortunately, Namata noted that through various media programs and programming, media houses had created a big rift between the newsroom and gender-sensitive responsiveness as this has been exhibited in especially the entertainment journalists who have continued to disseminate narratives that are not only propaganda but also tarnish peoples reputation or even cost their jobs and in most cases affecting them negatively.

“There are no policies within these media houses that try to regulate to what extent the information can be said or even verified,” Namata said.

Adding that media houses were now focusing on commercialization in terms of viewership as opposed to the factual presentation and implication that the information they deliver has to the public 

 like her, the over 30 journalists who attended the training also did not make business sense, especially since many marginalized people’s reputations and lives were put at risk. 

The majority agreed that the issue of ethics came at the forefront when achieving diversity of all voices and that journalism ethics needed to be highly considered beneath the point of making money.  

“We should get back to the concept of journalism for good, the chase for money and profit maximization has brought about issues of shying away from facts, sensitivity, and responsiveness to rather sensational presentations bringing dare effects,” Namata said,

 “There shouldn’t be anything as striking a balance between disinformation or driving gender-based violation within the newsroom but rather ethic, truth, and responsiveness to all gender,” Namata said

 Journalists were thus urged that beyond the self of ensuring that they had facts, and verification upon information, they should as well  distance themselves from gender mis and disinformation by specially creating alternative sources of income since journalism as a sector was or remains susceptible to the economic disruptions that have affected the global economy

 In his remarks, Philip Ayazika, programs manager, Pollicy also noted that media houses, and newsrooms now more than ever needed to ensure that they have gender-sensitive pollicies that try to guard off the issues perpetrated but importantly also have the regulatory body to integrate within the regulation so that gender mis and disinformation is not only challenged at the pollicy but as well as the national level.

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