BBC Gets It Wrong — Again! — On the Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Jim Burroway

February 8th, 2012

Auntie Beeb is recklessly confused again:

The BBC’s Joshua Mmali in the capital, Kampala, says Mr Bahati, the primary backer of the bill, has confirmed the draft legislation has changed in one fundamental way.

Those found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality” – defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender” – would no longer face the death penalty, as originally proposed.

No no no no no no NO! A thousand times no! The death penalty has not been dropped!

The bill’s proponents have been claiming that line for more than two years, even though no action has been taken whatsoever to remove the provision. The BBC has done this before, and they’ve allowed blatantly false statements by M.P. David Bahati, the bill sponsor, go unchallenged. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. It’s incredible that such irresponsible and incompetent reporting can persist in the mainstream media.

But then, what do you expect of a news organization which asks the question, “Should homosexuals face execution?

Priya Lynn

February 8th, 2012

Complaint made to BBC.

You can make yours here:


February 8th, 2012

Complaint made as well. Thanks Priya!

Priya Lynn

February 8th, 2012

No problem, Andrew. ; )

Rob Tisinai

February 8th, 2012

If you are convicted twice of throwing a party for gays to meet gays, then you are a “serial offender” because you’ve been convicted twice of a listed “related offence” (i.e., “promotion of homosexuality).

Serial offenders are subject to the penalty for “aggravated defilement,” and that penalty is death, according to Section 129.

There you go: they don’t even have to prove you’ve had gay sex, and they can still sentence you to death!

Paul in Canada

February 8th, 2012

I’ve just registered my ‘complaint’ via their website and asked them to check the facts and correct their story, immediately!


February 9th, 2012

Just for anyone who is interested, this is the response I got from the BBC.

“Dear Sir,

Thanks for your comments.

I have amended the story as follows to make the situation clear:

Mr Bahati told the BBC’s Joshua Mmali in the capital, Kampala, that for procedural reasons, the bill had been reintroduced in its original form but that the provision for capital punishment would be removed at committee stage.
“We have moved away from the death penalty,” he said.
The original bill said those found guilty of “aggravated homosexuality”
– defined as when one of the participants is a minor, HIV-positive, disabled or a “serial offender” – would face the death penalty.


Joseph Winter
Africa editor”

Priya Lynn

February 9th, 2012

I didn’t get a response from the BBC, at least not yet.

Priya Lynn

February 9th, 2012

Spoke too soon, just got the same response Andrew got.

Paul in Canada

February 10th, 2012

Andrew et al, I indicated I sent them an email and received a similar response. Good on us – the story ‘facts’ have been corrected on their website!

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