Truth is famous tabloid Red Pepper hasn’t gotten back to its feet ever since the Government closed their premises for over a month as well as imprisoning the top bosses. They are still peddling to their best as the copy sales dropped massively and most of their staff quit for other media houses.
As they are still healing from these wounds, the Uganda Media Council has slapped them with a hefty fee they are supposed to pay media personality Faridah Nakazibwe for defaming her way back in 2016.
The Namanve based media outlet has been ordered to pay the NTV news anchor and daily morning show host a sum of Ug Shs 45 million as a fine for the negative stories they made about her two years back.
Red Pepper and its defunct subsidiary Hello newspaper are supposed to pay this amount not later than five years.
According to Paulo Ekochu, the Media Council chairman, in a period of one year, the local tabloids wrote 38 articles about Nakazibwe and also used her pictures without her consent.
“This was invasion of her privacy and we therefore order Red pepper to pay her a fine amounting to Shs 45 million shillings,” Ekachu said.
The Media Council took the decision following a complaint forwarded to them by the NTV ‘Mwassuze Mutya’ host Faridah.