Students of Mass Communication at Islamic University in Uganda(IUIU) participated in the World Press Freedom Day media football Gala as one of the activities to commemorate the day.
World Press Freedom Day is a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) for the governments to reflect on the critical role of a free press in a democracy.
This year’s theme is “Journalism under digital siege”
This activity was held at Philip Omond Stadium at Lugogo grounds over the weekend.
The tournament which was organised by the Uganda Journalist Association(UJA) aimed at bringing all together journalists in the country as they prepare to mark World Press Freedom day on May, 3 2022.
The IUIU team led by their lecturer Aminah Nabuule Kagimu played against Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation (UBC) and Baba TV
Unfortunately a draw with Baba Tv and a defeat from UBC team did not allow the team to move out of group stages.
However, this did not disappoint the students so much as many of them were happy to have got a chance to associate with several prominent personalities in the Uganda media fraternity.
“Much as our team did not go beyond group stages, We are very happy to have gained such an exposure. To us this is a stepping stone towards our dreams of becoming future journalists,” said Muhenda Mubarak the team captain.
While interacting with the students, the President Uganda Journalist Association, Rukundo Mathias encouraged the students to start practicing journalism while still at University.
“We are happy that you have honoured our invitation and have come to be part of this tournament. My advise to you is that as young journalists you should not be thinking to practice journalism after campus. You should start now,” said Rukundo.
Renowned NBS news anchor, Zambaali Bulasio Mukasa advised the team to always be focused and work hard, for journalism is not as easy as most people think.
“For us we have been in the media industry for long, we want you to come and replace us as the young blood. However that demands hard work because journalism is quite challenging,” said Zambaali.
During the matches, the team manager Aminah Nabuule Kagimu kept on encouraging students to endeavour to get contacts from many journalists as this will make it easier for them to get introduced to the practical media world.