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Anti-pornography media bill compared to apartheid

no-porn-iconAfrican Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu has compared the Anti-pornography media bill to apartheid.

The bill, which is was passed by the Uganda Parliament in December and awaiting presidential approval, has sparked a global outcry from a number of international personalities.

British business tycoon Richard Branson has called for a boycott of the country, while US President Barack Obama further described the law as “odious.”

The bill describes pornography as follows:

“communication or speech or information or literature or publication in whole or publication in part or news story or entertainment or stage play or broadcast or music or dance or art or graphic or picture or photography or video recording or leisure activity or show or exhibition that depicts a person engaged in explicit sexual activities or conduct, sexual parts of a person such as breast, thighs, buttocks or genitalia, erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement or any indecent act or behaviour tending to corrupt morals.”

The bill adds that a person who produces or participates in the production of, or traffics in, or publishes or broadcasts or procures or imports or exports or in any way abets pornography contrary to subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding five hundred currency points (Shs 10m or $4,000) or imprisonment not exceeding seven years or both.

The question is how they will monitor online media, since a number of local websites are hosted and run by people outside Uganda.

Source: itweb Africa


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