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   For those of you who are participating writers and readers of News who reap big out of the profession of Journalism and creative writing – Bravo, you are very fortunate- in the real sense of the word,because what you get in form of remunerations commiserate with your efforts,I presume.What am I talking about,anyway?Am talking about many Media houses in the country that do not pay the services the people in the category above render to them – and they are happy about it! Many people working in the profession,you may realize,for Gods sake,that they do not receive any money you may call salaries or wages from the Entrepreneurs of the media houses most of whom you people know.The entrepreneurs and their house managers simply continue to cheat the people they presumably employ out of their sweat and no body feels sorry about it! Very many people say that every one is for himself and God is for us all!  It is very bad and embarrassing for some one to subscribe for one’s service on agreement that he ought to receive money at the end of an agreed period or after the accomplishment of the job and he does not pay.Such occurrence abuses both one’s right and his integrity.It abuses too the rules of natural justice – but it is the order of the day in the field of journalism.Most Radio stations,News papers and communication houses you see or you might have heard of cheated or continue to cheat News practitioners out of their sweat.  You may realize again that most proprietors and house manages in Uganda and probably in other countries have used the incidences of  unemployment and the big numbers of the youth who run all over the streets for jobs to intentionally exploit them.It is the reasons you hear new voices every Now and then behind the microphones in the studios of many Radio stations who replace those ones who leave after being cheated.The Media houses entrepreneurs and their managers have a lot of people and endless opportunities to use men and women in their houses without pay.What sends me begrudging all the time is that media houses proprietors use the people of the same profession to beguile their fellow colleagues into working for peanuts or nothing at all.

They use their News editors to recruit people in the News department.This is normally done on phone calls without any formal agreement taken or signed.Many News anchors and reporters do the job without any written document to show a binding relationship between an employer and the employ.It is neither good for proof readers nor fine for those who do some chores in the department.

Journalism as a profession in many countries in the world has been and is still being propelled forward by the people who do not possess any formal training in the implementation of its tasks but know how to read and write.Those are the people who have gathered a lot of experience and they are indispensable and a vanguard of the profession. Any sensible and responsible media business proprietor and administrator would have done is to establish an enabling atmosphere to permit such people to undergo the academic classes needed in the profession by paying them the money they have worked for on addition to weekly or monthly training schedules on job.This has been successfully done by other quite important professions in the world.

To say the least, the most people you see in the service did not begin their work straight from the colleges or universities.They began as apprentices or spanner boys.They are now accredited professionally with academic awards.There are one thing cheaters of wages and salaries in the media industry deny a typical work you and I eventually realized – the acquisition of a unit of exchange that enables him or her to acquire the basic needs of life.The money is so important simply because it the only exchange system put in place by our ancestors in the marketing industry.One employee in the media house will never acquire the so much coveted basic needs unless her/ she produces a legal tender in the market for such items.The media house proprietors should realize this and always be kind whenever they employ people to work in the News department.

News reporters suffer the most when they are in the field in search for stories.The conditions in which they work pushes them to throw the media ethics aside and pressurize their source of News for kick backs or influential pay in order to enable them meet the cost of transport,pay for lunch and Air time as well.They all need to pay for rent and their children’s school fees in addition to, as other people in the industry do purchase clothes.The situation these people go through while on duty kills the real meaning of journalism and the profession as a whole.

The time for change is now.Proprietors of media houses should learn to apportion the little money they get among every body they put under their jurisdictions including members of the News department- with in and out side the premises of the stations Money should not always be for program presenters and management.

It actually saddens me to realize that News anchors are reasonably paid compared to the people who collect the pieces of news for the department!It is quite unfortunate for the profession.It is your role,as a friend of journalists working in Africa and other parts of the world where they are cheated to join hands and fight such a vice either by sweat talking the proprietors of the media houses or by coercion.What is your take on this?



It is days that go through the months and the years in our lives that make our progress in every activity we do worth celebrating.Every day that breaks off the month ushers us into the month that likewise break off the year with newly formed resolutions and responsibilities.The en d of year festivals that take most of our incomes and time as we celebrate are simply indications that one schedule of responsibilities has been ended and that new one opened.

It is a factual expression that one has added another year to his/age.The question of Christmas and new years festival is a very big question -one school of thought says that the festivals are one open gate for those in the purchase and sales business industry to enter the pockets of the the consumers.On ether school of thought however clearly shows that celebrating the birth of Jesus is a testimony that the work done by a Jew in human history to usher in peace and reconciliation was Gods way.

Either way, one wonders how one finds time to celebrate the birth of Jesus in the last month of the year and the new years day with out knowing exactly the the financial and social implications on his life and that of the community.Financial and social implications actually goes hand in hand with the fulfillment of responsibilities- celebrating alone as most people do,leave a lot to be desired.Take for example the heads of families in the world context have to propel the sustainability and motions of the affairs of their families further.

Members of families especially the young ones have to be treated when they fall sick,they have to feed,go to school for literacy and numeracy classes and enjoy peace and security within the homes of their parents,likewise the adults within the families have to be accommodated and pay the required and official taxes to the Local and Central governments that can be turned into revenues for the whole country,Christmas and new years celebrations notwithstanding When the country receives revenue and the money collected if put to good use the lives of the people change,so they say.

To say the least,all the mentioned and unmentioned roles and responsibilities require the use of a medium of exchange, and a lively mind which does not stop at the end of the year and Christmas celebrations alone.It is as if the celebration olf the birth of Jesus and the new years day is meant to remind the celebrants that the 365 days of the year were not easy and the beginning g of the new year may be a probable feast that need to be received with merry making!!

End and beginning of the year festivals has a beginning on the growth of individuals added to the government policies that are geared towards improving the lives of the citizens.People want to see members of the villages in the new year make profound d resolutions for individual growth instead of fantasying the bye-gone of the previous year.

Festivals does not begin with the celebration of the birth of Jesus and end with the new years day.No! there are some important festivals in the Jews context that are celebrated to date that are not given the pomp by the contemporary Christians as the birth of Jesus in spite of the fact that they are uprooted from the customs of the Jews and they are related to historical events. A point in question is the Sabbath- the seventh day of the Jewish week (from Sun-down,Friday to Sun down-Saturday)is viewed as sanctifying the week and the special observance olf this day is essential part of worship.YOM KIPPUR- day of atonement,a solemn festival characterized by fasting and self examination.SUKKOT-above-right,festival of Booths or Tabernacle or in gathering.Celebrating the harvest the end of the major part of the agricultural year.HUNUKKAH- festival of dedication,a popular festival held in December that commemorates the Maccabees restoration of Jewish independence from Grecian domination and the re dedication of the temple of Jerusalem.PURIM-festival of lots,celebrated in late February or early March in commemoration of the deliverance of the Jews in Persia during the 5th century B C E from human and his genocidal plot and PESACH- festival of passover,instituted to commemorate the deliverance of Israel from captivity in Egypt ( 15 B C E)

As mankind still search for God to date they yet have to find profound reasons for celebrating.At showy,Christmas celebrations,you see wastage of consumables and squandering of time and money,you hear of fatal accidents claiming lives and property.You hear of rape and the incidences of alcoholism.That is the time when animals and birds lose their lives indiscriminately in the name of slaughter- no respect for animal life.Christmas, and end of year commemoration seem to have lost the real meaning for those of you who believe in the Lord of Lords.For those of you who have similar views as mine should double the efforts to restore the original meaning of Jesus birth day celebrations and the festivals should be seen as an event that have a bearing on the spiritual and economical growth of individuals all the time- clearly celebrating the birth day of Jesus without God does not work.Happy new year.