Here we go again: Uganda tabloid lists alleged gays

The Sunday edition of the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper claims that it has published a list of "Top Uganda Gay Recruiters."

The Sunday edition of the Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper claims that it has published a list of “Top Uganda Gay Recruiters.”

The Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper has returned to a vicious, irresponsible journalistic practice that preceded the murder of gay activist David Kato — publication of names of people who are allegedly homosexual.

This past weekend, the tabloid Red Pepper published names of people who it alleges “recruit” others into homosexuality.  The front page of the newspaper proclaimed that it had compiled a list of “Top Uganda Gay Recruiters.”

The bizarre idea that homosexuals “recruit” people into their sexual preference is a common theme in Uganda.  The New Civil Rights Movement calls it “a decades-old lie planted by the anti-gay right.”

In late 2010, the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone famously published names and photos of alleged homosexuals, including Kato.

The LGBT rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda successfully sued the newspaper. The Ugandan High Court ordered it to stop publishing names of alleged homosexuals and to pay each of three individual plaintiffs (Kato, Kasha Jacqueline, and Pepe Onziema) a fine of 1.5 million Ugandan shillings (about $450.)

Shortly after that verdict was announced, Kato was murdered.

“Obviously the court ruling in the Rolling Stone case has had no effect at all,” Onziema said about the Red Pepper list.

About Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart, a 40-year journalism veteran, is publisher and an editor of the "Erasing 76 Crimes" blog. More profile information on Google+. Colin Stewart, un vétéran du journalisme de 40 ans, est éditeur et rédacteur en chef du blog "Erasing 76 Crimes." Plus d'informations de profil sur Google+.
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3 Responses to Here we go again: Uganda tabloid lists alleged gays

  1. D.C. says:

    Reblogged this on Purple Gloves and commented:
    This publishers of this paper seem incapable of learning from past mistakes..

    Like

  2. Pingback: ‘Kill the Gays’ bill is harming LGBTs in Uganda already | 76 CRIMES

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