The Uganda Communication Commission has reminded all online platforms to register with it not later than fifth October this year.
In a public notice issued by UCC, all online platforms which are purposely created to offer online data communication and broadcasting services such as online news platforms, online radios, and online televisions among others to register within the specified time.
The body further advises those that intend to create platforms of such kind to obtain official authorization from UCC before undertaking any publication of any kind online.
"The purpose of this public Notice, therefore, is to advise all persons currently offering or planning to commence the provision of online data communication and broadcasting services including but not limited to blogs, online televisions, online radios, online newspapers, audio over IP (AoIP), Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), Video on Demand (VoD), Digital Audio radios and Televisions, internet/web radio and internet/web television, to obtain authorization from UCC before providing such services to the public." The public notice reads in part.
It therefore becomes criminal for one to create Platforms which broadcast news and information without authorization from UCC. Anyone found running such platforms is prone to arrest and criminal prosecution.