After the coronavirus hit the world and many businesses closed shop , journalists were not spared either and Vision Group Uganda’s leading daily closed a number of its regional titles as senior journalists fell victim when they lost jobs .
Among those were Etop newspaper reporters and editors based in the eastern district of Soroti. However, the laid off journalists did not wallow in self pity . They picked up the pieces and resolved to start their own publication – a weekly Ateso language newspaper called Aicerit.
Aicerit, which literally means ‘star’ in Ateso, hit the streets of Soroti city and other towns on Wednesday some five months after Vision Group scrapped the publication of Etop, the hitherto , only Ateso newspaper in the Teso sub-region .
The new newspaper hit the streets with a headline story about the e NRM parliamentary primaries and it was reported sold out by midday. James Odongo Akia, one of the journalists behind the newspaper says that Aicerit keep the Ateso language alive as it champions development in the region.
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