Injunction stops anti-gay campaign in Ugandan local newspaper

A new local newspaper in Uganda as been ordered by a judge to stop publishing the names and photos of people it says are homosexual, the BBC and others report.

Sexual Minorities Uganda has secured an injunction against the two-month-old newspaper called Rolling Stone. Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda and last year an MP introduced a bill which could see some gay people face the death penalty, the BBC reports.

One story published by the newspaper named 15 individuals next to the headline: “Hang them”.

Media Lawyer reports Julian Onziema, programme co-ordinator for Sexual Minorities Uganda, who said: “We filed a suit against the paper for abuse of our fundamental human rights of privacy, association and security.

“However my happiness might be short-lived because there are other tabloids in Uganda which are taking over from where Rolling Stone exploded from. They are making people hate us.”

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