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Monday 08 November 2010

Paper ordered to stop naming gay people

Posted in: International Daily News
By Daily News staff - 2nd November 2010

A Ugandan court has ordered a newspaper calling for gay people to be hanged to stop publishing the names and photographs of people it says are gay.

The Guardian reports the order was granted a day after Rolling Stone, a new weekly tabloid, printed pictures of about 20 men described as "generals" of the gay community in Uganda. The headline was Men of Shame Part II, and followed the publication of a list of 100 allegedly gay people last month.

The temporary injunction was granted following an application by Sexual Minorities Uganda, a pressure group. The high court judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuka said the paper's anti-gay campaign was an "invasion of the right to privacy".

Frank Mugisha, the chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said his organisation would seek damages from Rolling Stone if the judge ruled against the paper in the next hearing on 23 November.

"Justice has been served. This should be a reminder to the media not to incite violence against minority groups in this country," Mugisha said.

Read the full story from The Guardian here

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