18 December 2012

Uganda: New Vision Explains Nebanda Story

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Robert Kabushenga, the Chief Executive Vision Group, has issued a statement in relation to the coverage of the death Butaleja district woman MP Cerinah Nebanda.

Here is the statement in full.

We have noted the statement of Mr. Fred Mukasa, the father of the late Hon. Cerinah Nebanda during the requiem mass at Christ the King Church Kampala alleged that people posing as New Vision journalists approached him and asked him to allow them pronounce that his daughter died of a heart attack.

I wish to state as follows:

1. The only member of the New Vision staff who has been in contact with Mr. Mukasa is a relation of the late Cerinah Nebanda.

2. No New Vision journalists, certainly not the ones handling the story, have been in contact with Mr. Mukasa, the father of the deceased.

3. It is our editorial policy not to intrude into the grief of a bereaved family when carrying out our professional work.

4. As a way of verifying information obtained from other sources, the editors took a deliberate decision to deal with police and medical personnel in developing and writing this story. The information we relied on in this story was not at any one time sourced from the family members and certainly not Mr. Mukasa.

5. At no point in our reporting of this story did we ever say that the cause of death was a heart attack.

6. We at New Vision are convinced that whoever approached Mr. Mukasa purporting to be a New Vision journalist was certainly an imposter.

7. Vision group wishes to extend its condolences to the family. The late Hon. Cerinah Nebanda was a regular talk-show panellist on Urban TV, the English language channel of Vision Group.

8. We would like to assure the public that we strive to do a professional job and we shall continue to do so.

Robert Kabushenga

Managing Director/Chief Executive

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