Friday, April 29 2016
Days after a pornography control committee headed by Dr. Annette Kezabu Kasimbazi being announced, Information Minister Jim Muhwezi has come out to let the public know of the new anti-pornographic regulations.
"After scrutiny, cabinet has approved the anti-pornography regulations, 2015, which we believe will now ease the implementation of the Anti-por.no.graphy Act, 2014. The guidelines prohibit broadcasting of se.xua.lly explicit material in the form of still pictures, video footage and vulgar presenter utterances on our media airwaves," Mr. Muhwezi said in a press briefing on April 28.
The law, assented to by President Yoweri Museveni on 6 February 2014, creates and defines the offence of pornography and its prohibition. It bans anyone from producing, trafficking, publishing, broadcasting, procuring, importing exporting or abetting any form of pornography.
Initially, the bill proposed the prohibition of types of dress that exposed different body parts like breasts, thighs, genitalia and buttocks, but that clause was deleted before it was enacted into law. The law that was ultimately passed targets media organisations, Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), the entertainment and leisure industry and others putting what is deemed pornographic material into the public domain.
The act defines pornography as any cultural practice, radio or television programme, writing, publication, advertisement, broadcast, upload on the internet, display, entertainment, music, dance, picture, audio or video recording, show, exhibition or any combination of these that depicts a person engaged in explicit sexual activities or conduct; sexual parts of a person; erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement or any indecent act or behaviour tending to corrupt morals.
The Ethics Ministry will now come out with a statutory instrument to gazzette the regulations. Earlier in the month, Ethics Minister Father. Simon Lokodo said that next year government will spend over Shs2 billion on a porn detecting software that will be installed on various gadgets like (cell phones, iPads, laptops) to send an alert to the control room.
Those found guilty by the courts could face up to 10 years in jail or a fine of Shs10 million.
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