Dr. Peter G. Mwesige is a recognised leader in the journalism, media and communication sector in East Africa, with extensive experience in the newsroom and the journalism classroom. He is a co-founder and executive director of the African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME), a leading media support organisation on the continent.
ACME champions journalistic excellence and supports the media in Africa to become or remain reliable, credible, and independent sources of information, effective watchdogs and vibrant forums for public debate; promotes media literacy in Africa; and advocates, promotes and defends press freedom and freedom of expression.
Dr. Mwesige served as national facilitator for the SIDA-funded International Training Programme on Media Regulation in a Democratic Framework from March 2018 to June 2019.
He sits on the board of Peripheral Vision International (PVI), and has chaired the board of the Collaboration for International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). He also sat on the advisory boards of the International Journalism Fellowships of the International Centre for Journalists (Sub-Saharan Africa) and the international journal, African Journalism Studies.
Dr. Mwesige has worked as Group Training Editor of Nation Media Group (NMG), East Africa’s biggest multi-media company, where he was in charge of newsroom training at nearly 12 media outlets in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. He was before that Executive Editor of NMG’s Kampala-based Monitor Publications Ltd, publishers of the Daily and Sunday Monitor.
A holder of a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Indiana University, U.S.A., and a Master’s degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the American University in Cairo, Dr. Mwesige has also headed the Department of Journalism & Communication at Makerere University, Kampala, where he was also a senior lecturer.
In 2016, Dr. Mwesige chaired the seven-member committee that was instituted by Uganda’s Minister of Information & Communication Technology to review the operations of the country’s public broadcaster, the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, against its public broadcasting mandate.
He has published several articles in international journals and presented papers at numerous regional and international conferences.
Dr. Mwesige has also worked as a consultant on journalism, media and communication for DANIDA, DFID, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, NORAD, PANOS, Uganda Communications Commission, UNDP, UNESCO, USAID, Westminster Foundation, and the World Bank, among others. He is consulted widely on journalism, media and communication in the region.