November 1st, 2010
The AFP is reporting that the a Uganda High Court judge has ordered the tabloid Rolling Stone (no relation to the U.S. publication by the same name) to immediately cease its outing campaign against that country’s LGBT citizens:
High Court judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuka granted “an interim order restraining (Rolling Stone or any affiliated publication) from any further publication of the identity of any person perceived by them to be gay, lesbian or homosexual.”
Musoke-Kibuuka called the editorial material “an infringement or invasion of the right to privacy” of the individuals identified.
The order was sought by Sexual Minorities Uganda on behalf of LGBT people who were attacked following the paper’s first outing campaign nearly a month ago. Managing editor Giles Muhame reacted to the order on his facebook page:
I have heard on grapevine that Kampala high court today afternoon issued an injunction barring the mighty Rolling Stone from publishing information that could lead to the identification of homosexuals…..the newspaper has already achieved its objective….By the way this means we can write about homosexuality but not identify them….ok, understood…we are law abiding citizens….
It’s worth watching closely to see what he means when he says “we can write about homosexuality but not identify them.” Muhame told AFP:
“We will publish more pictures but in a diplomatic way, so that we can dodge the law,” he said. “We might not name them as homos, but the public will know what they are.”
Mohame resumed publication of Rolling Stone this morning despite not having received the proper license to do so from the Uganda Media Council. The tabloid was ordered to halt publication for failure to register with the authorities. It’s very likely that Rolling Stone will react with similar disregard for the law with this order.
A further hearing is scheduled for November 23. There were no lawyers present to represent Muhame or Rolling Stone at today’s hearing.
The anonymous blogger GayUganda celebrates the “small sweet victory” as a “milestone in gay rights in Uganda.”
Update: The text of the court’s order is provided below, and appears very comprehensive:
Before His Lordship Justice V.F Musoke Kibuka in the presence of Ms. Sengendo Rose, Counsel for the applicant at the high court of Uganda.
The Court issued an interim order restraining the respondents, their servants and agents, from any further publication in the publication called ROLLING STONE or any other publications by the respondents , their agents or servants, the identities by name or pictures or any relevant implication of the person or person perceived by the respondents to be gay, lesbian or homosexual in general.
The Interim Order is to remain in place till the hearing and disposal of Misc Cause No. 163 of 2010.
The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 23.
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