On Friday, November 9, 2018, East Africa Center for Disability Law and Policy (EA-CDLP) fulfilled its promise to convene the 1st ever Symposium on Disability and Media, on the theme: Bridging the Gap between Disability and the Media. The event that took place in the afternoon at Hotel Africana hosted over 200 stakeholders from the disability movement, media fraternity, government ministries, departments and agencies, and development partners.
Discussions at the Symposium focused on evaluating the state of media coverage on disability issues in the country; and the effectiveness of the legal, policy, and institutional frameworks governing media on disability.
Climaxing the event was the awards ceremony in recognition of journalists and media houses for their outstanding, exemplary and positive portrayal of persons with disabilities in the media. Among the media houses appreciated was: the Daily Monitor, the Observer and the New Vision in the daily press category. Radio stations included: Mama FM, Radio Simba, KFM, Capital FM, and CBS FM. Television stations included: UBC TV, Delta, Record, NTV Bukedde, BBS, and Kingdom TV. These are not exhaustive lists of all those awarded.
Scooping big were individual journalists whose work was known to have been exceptional and created impact in shaping the space for media inclusion of persons with disabilities since 2000. Emmanuel Ssemigga (UBC), David Namunyala (Vision Group), Shawn Makumbi (an independent photographer), Joshua Kyalimpa (previously at Radio Simba), and Richard Kavuma (previously at Daily Monitor) were recognized for the period 2000 – 2012. David Mafabi (PML Daily), Angela Nsimbi (Vision Group), Abdalla Tiff Mukasa (Record TV), Pat Robert Larubi (BBS Terefayina), Sarah Oringa (Delta TV), Abdul-Nasser Ssemugabi (Daily Monitor), Ssenoga Patrick (MAMA FM) and Joanita Mbabazi (Kingdom TV) were recognized for the period since 2013 to 2018.