With the Makerere University newspaper Campus Nail joining Uganda’s other publications, like Red Pepper, Rolling Stone, and The Onion, in publishing anti-gay screed comes a follow-up order from a judge banning one paper from running the names or photos of suspected gays.
Unlike the other rags, Campus Nail hasn’t identified nor published photographs of any gays and lesbians, but the rhetoric — about how queers are recruiting children into their “lifestyle” — is the same.
But Judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuka’s attention could soon be turned its way after he today extended a previous ban against Rolling Stone, prohibiting the paper from running any more hit lists. Managing editor Giles Muhame (pictured), a 22-year-old undergrad student who was chided by the judge, had printed a follow-up issue after its 100-name hit list, identifying 10 more gays. The paper plans to appeal.
Pastor Solomon Male, of something called the National Coalition Against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuse in Uganda, isn’t pleased. Male (who was prosecuted for libel after last year claiming a prominent Evangelical pastor molested teen boys) says the court is infringing on the media’s ability to identify “selfish, heartless and aggressive criminal offenders.” Appearing at the court, Male shouted, “How can homosexuals who deliberately break the law claim right to privacy?”
Which is actually a fair question — and points out the obvious: That Uganda’s law criminalizing homosexuality makes every gay person a target.