UCC Shuts down 3 Radio Stations Over Broadcasting License

Uganda has shut down six radio stations after the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) discovered that they have been broadcasting content without licences. This is against Uganda’s communications laws detailed in the Uganda Communications Act, 2013. Per legislation, it is illegal for anyone to transmit content without obtaining a broadcasting license authorised by the UCC. 

Those who violate this law may face a fine of up to twenty-five currency points. In Uganda, the value of one currency point is set by the finance ministry and is used as a reference point for calculating fines. For this violation, it means that the fine could be calculated based on the current value of a currency point, and the total fine would be 25 times that value. Alternatively, the affected stations may be imprisonment for a maximum of one year, or both.

“Notice of closure is hereby issued to the owners and management of the radio stations for repeated failure to obtain a valid broadcasting license from the Commission,” the UCC said in a statement.

The affected radio stations are Divine Partners, Hot FM, Millenium Community Radio, Salt & Light Christian City Church, Mgahinga Investments, and Welsto Company Limited. 

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