Ugandan Media barred from outing LGBT people

The Ugandan High Court issued a ruling yesterday barring media outlets from publishing the identities of perceived LGBT people. The decision is being called a “landmark” ruling by sexual orientation and gender identity activists. The court case stemmed from an October 2, 2010 issue of Rolling Stone newspaper (no affiliation to the US publication) in Uganda which carried the headline “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak” which included the words “Hang them!” The paper included names and in some cases the address of the alleged LGBT people.

In a press release by The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Uganda, they stated that the court issued a permanent injunction preventing The Rolling Stone and their managing editor, Mr. Giles Muhame, from ‘any further publications of the identities of the persons and homes of the applicants and homosexuals generally.’

“While this injunction is a positive step for gay people in Uganda, the fact remains that the government of Uganda has for long been mute about the discrimination, threats and violence faced by LGBTI people in Uganda,” said Kasha Jacqueline, one of the applicants and also Director of Freedom & Roam Uganda.

Read the complete ruling here

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