Ugandan Court Bans Media From Outing Gays and Awards Damages

Posted on January 3rd, 2011 by Katherine Franke

A Ugandan court today issued a permanent injunction banning the media from listing the names and addresses of Ugandans thought to be gay and awarded the plaintiffs damages and attorneys fees (1.5 million Uganda shillings, or about 650 dollars).   The ruling came in a case brought by three people from a gay rights group, Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), whose names, pictures and towns of residence were published in an issue of Rolling Stone (a free weekly paper distributed in Kampala, not the magazine with which most of us are familiar).  Last October the newspaper published a front page article entitled “100 Pictures of Uganda’s Top Homos Leak,” that listed the names, addresses, and photographs of Ugandans alleged to be homosexual under a headline: “Hang Them.”  The editor, undergraduate student Giles Muhame, said he found some of the photos that were published on a gay dating website, according to Agence France-Presse.  At the time of the Rolling Stone story the paper’s Muhame told the Guardian that it was his duty as a journalist to “expose the evil in our society”.

The Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Uganda issued a press release today summarizing the decision.  The full press release is here.  This is an excerpt:

More information about the ruling is available here and here.  We’ll post the decision when we get it.


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