By Atim Pamela
Arua City: Journalists in West Nile have decried the difficulty they face in trying to access information from security agencies. The journalists say most of the junior officers frustrate their efforts in the struggle to keep the public informed.
Amvesi Cohen suggests that public relations offices be decentralized to ease access to information from prisons which journalists say has been a hard place to access.
The in charge Arua Government Prisons Leni Ndori revealed that access to information from prisons will soon be made better. According to him already the prison service has thought of appointing assistant public relation officers. There are currently two assistant PROs in Mbale and Luzira Government prison.
On the behavior of Junior officers, Ndori stresses that there are a number of personality issues that they (senior officers) are trying to address on a daily basis at personal levels with the junior offices.
The executive director of Human rights network for journalists Uganda Ssempala Robert says they have always engaged the public on the role of the media.
According to Ssempala ED HRNJ Uganda ever since they started producing the Annual Reports ten years ago, there have been many cases stemming from the communities therefore the need to bridge that gap to bring them on board so that the giant called the media is a vehicle for their aspirations, views, holding leaders accountable and transparency.
However, West Nile police spokesperson Josephine Angucia reiterated that the behavior of junior officers is a personality issues and hence will talk to the officers on the role of media in governance.
The journalists voiced the concerns during the multi-stakeholders meeting organized by Human rights network for journalists Uganda in preparation for the forthcoming general elections. End