This thesis discusses the relationship between the efforts of combating corruption andthe role of the media. It focuses on the connection between media ownership andcombating corruption. The research uses the 2005 Global Fund corruption scandal inUganda as a case study. This scandal involved about US $200million from the GlobalFund, meant to fight malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. The study is based on acomparative analysis of how the two main newspapers in Uganda; Daily Monitor(privately owned) and New Vision (government-owned) reported on this corruptionscandal. Using this case study, the thesis discusses the role and feasibility of using themedia to combat corruption.The research is based on theories of causes and means of combating corruption. Withinthese theories, the study deals with the relationship between the media and fightingcorruption. The theory of media ownership and editorial independence has also beendiscussed with a view of tracing the relationship between ownership and editorialcontent. The findings in this study have been based on three research methods thatinclude in-depth interviews with editors and journalists, qualitative and quantitativecontent analysis and document analysis. The study found out that there is a marginaldifference in the way the government and privately owned media report aboutcorruption. The study also found out that the media’s ability to combat corruption inUganda is greatly hampered by unfriendly press laws and the media’s failure to mobilizeresources and skills to do investigative journalism. As such, most of the reports arebased on investigations of other agencies. This research strongly recommends that mediaowners should invest heavily in investigative journalism. In cases where this may not bepossible, journalists should resort to existing charities that support investigativejournalism. The media should also continue to lobby for a better legal environment thatencourages more freedom and access to information in possession of the state.Keywords: Corruption, Global Fund, media, editorial independence, investigativejournalism, media ownership, Daily Monitor, New Vision.