Ugandan court stops newspapers from outing gays

A Ugandan judge has said that media outlets should not publish the identities of people they say are gay.

The case came to court after The Rolling Stone newspaper (no relation to the US magazine) published lists of people it claimed were gay.

A number said they were attacked after their names and photos were printed.

The Judge ruled that the lives of those named had been threatened as they risked being attacked by vigilantes. The ruling went beyond just The Rolling Stone and applies to all media outlets.

The three individuals who brought the action were also awarded compensation of about $650.

Whilst homosexual acts are illegal in Uganda, this decision was described as a landmark ruling by human rights groups and gives hope to gays not only in uganda but across Africa.

Date: 05 January 2011


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