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Ugandan Tabloid Shut Down By Government

Jim Burroway

October 14th, 2010
Letter from the Uganda Media Council to the editors of the Rolling Stone tabloid

Letter from the Uganda Media Council to the editors of the Rolling Stone tabloid. (Click to enlarge)

We just received word that Uganda’s Media Council has shut down the tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication by the same name), made infamous for the publication of its “Hang Them” outing campaign last week.

The Media Council, in a letter to managing editor Giles Muhame, says “There is no formal complaint before the Council as yet.” But citing a complaint made directly to Rolling Stone and copied to the Council, the Council says that “it has come to our knowledge that you published in contravention of Section 5 of the Press and Journalist Act (CAP 105) which makes you criminally liable.” The letter concludes:

The Council therefore informs you that the requirements of the Law must be adhered to before you can publish a newspaper and orders you to stop publishing “The Rolling Stone” until all the requirements of the Law are completed or face the full force of the Law.

It is unclear at this time whether this direction is being taken because of the outing campaign in the Rolling Stone edition cited in the letter, or whether there are other areas of the law (i.e. incorporation, registration, etc) which the tabloid is not in compliance with.

A new edition of Rolling Stone failed to appear at newsstands in Kampala last weekend. It was rumored that a new issue would appear on Friday, but that now seems doubtful.

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Priya Lynn
October 14th, 2010 | LINK

That would seem to me to be quite an about face for the Ugandan government if it shut down the rolling stone for its anti-gay actions.

Franco v
October 15th, 2010 | LINK

An incredible statement! They are not journalists, they are simply charlatans and if the Ugandan Government agrees (directly or indirectly) with them is just an immature and irresponsible institution.
Uganda demands a stable seat in the UNO Council, I wonder in what kind of UNO is thinking about … maybe in TUNO … (Tribal United Nations Organization). Shame on everybody contributed in creating this bad climate for Human Rights and democracy in Uganda. I think that in 2010 … no Country all over the world can keep that sort of savage and uncivilized ideological positions.
Shame, shame, shame ….!

Leonardo Ricardo
October 15th, 2010 | LINK

President Museveni has extended family who publish the Red Pepper slime tabloid (equal to Rolling Stone)…Mr. President is constantly embroiled in anti-LGBT demonizing along with Janet Museveni, his wife and accomplice…the two attempt to portray their religious righteousness publicly, disgusting, as they attempt to wash blood off their hands privately…along with Anglican Archbishop Henry Orombi these folks ought be held for crimes against humanity…they are all behind-the-scene sneaks who gravely harm others.

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