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Uganda’s “Hang Them” Tabloid To Resume Publication

Jim Burroway

October 26th, 2010
"Hang Them; They Are After Our Kids", published in the October 2, 2010 edition of the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (Names, places and photo obscured by BTB. Click to enlarge)

"Hang Them; They Are After Our Kids", published in the October 2, 2010 edition of the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (Names, places and photo obscured by BTB. Click to enlarge)

That’s the promise being made by the Muhame Giles, the editor of the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication by the same name), who posted this on Facebook earlier today:

An extraordinary meeting of The Rolling Stone management last nyt resolved we hit the streets this Friday irrespective of media council’s refusal to reconsider it’s decision of blocking our publication. We registered editor’s particulars on October15 but up to now they are “still consulting!!!” Our lawyers have given us a green light. Any attempts of confiscating the Stone will land someone in jail…U HAVE MY WORD.

Rolling Stone lauched a major anti-gay vigilante campaign earlier this month with an article that outed a couple dozen LGBT Ugandans, complete with photos gleaned from Gaydar.co.uk and Facebook. That article, accompanied with the headline “Hang Them”, promised to be the first of a four-part series. The tabloid, which was launched just five weeks earlier, had failed to register with Uganda’s Media Council, prompting an ordered shut down by authorities. That order came before the second part of the series could be published, but not before several LGBT people were threatened and forced to leave their homes.

The real Rolling Stone has denounced the tabloid as an “African impostor spread[ing] hate.”

Giles told the BBCthat he was acting in the “public interest,” saying Ugandans did not know to what extent that homosexuality was “ravaging the moral fabric of our nation.”

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AJD
October 26th, 2010 | LINK

I wonder if the U.S. Rolling Stone could file a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Ugandan one. Whether or not it actually won, it would bring a lot of unwanted attention to these guys.

Lindoro Almaviva
October 26th, 2010 | LINK

I hope BTB readers will got to the link and report the group as promoting hatered towards people and request they are blocked or kicked out of facebook.

Tone
October 30th, 2010 | LINK

It is time for the civilized world to say enough is enough and start withholding foreign aid to Uganda. I know this hurts citizens most, and that a fair bit of foreign aid is HIV-related, but this genocidal course the nation is on must be opposed. Lives are at stake. Strong, unambiguous measures are required.

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