Content creators made up of artists, artistes and filmmakers have partnered with lawyers to make an organization called Pan African Network for Artistic Freedom(PANAF) aimed at fighting for the rights and freedom of creatives.
Launching the organization yesterday at The National Theatre, Deric Fredric Namakajo, the Secretary General of PANAF, told journalists that it was high time artists joined hands to fight together for a common cause.
“PANAF has come to help all artists including musicians and filmmakers fight for their rights. In most cases, their work is used and they are not paid. They also pay too much tax yet they get little in return. It’s time for all of them to join us and we fight together,” he said.
The Secretary General of the Uganda Musicians Association, Phina Mugerwa((Masanyalaze) hopes that PANAF will revive the lost glory of musicians in Uganda and save them the shame of begging.
“If the research is done across all UMA clusters across the country, and with this legal team, we are destined to succeed. I call upon all artists to embrace the organization and its cause because it helps all of us,” she said.
PANAF is made up of; The Uganda Musicians Association(UMA) which represents artistes, Pearlwood represents filmmakers and Foundation For Human Rights Initiatives(FHRI) represents lawyers.