The applicants (Editor’s Guild Uganda & Centre for Public Interest Law) challenged the legality of the directives to register and accredit journalists to cover the 2021 general elections and other State events by the Media Council of Uganda. On 10th and 20th December 2020, the Media Council of Uganda issued press statements with directives on “Guidelines for Media Council of Uganda Accreditation of Journalists for Coverage of 2021 Election and Other State Events”. The statements among others provide for the registration and accreditation of all journalists in Uganda (local and foreign) by Media Council of Uganda to cover the forthcoming 2021 general elections. The statements further provided that no journalist would be allowed to cover any elections and State events without a press tag issued by the Council. On December 30th, 2020, the Deputy Inspect General of Police issued a press statement that reiterates the position to block journalists from covering political campaigns and other electoral events without the Media Council’s accreditation.