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Rolling Stone Uganda ordered to stop publication

The Uganda tabloid Rolling Stone has been ordered by the High Court to stop publication of the names and photos of people who it believes are gay and lesbian saying this was “an invasion of privacy”

Several of the people in the original list reported facing harassment, including a woman who was forced to flee her home after neighbours pelted it with stones. Anti-gay sentiment in Uganda has been fuelled by the campaign by politicians and evangelical preachers to pass a law that would see gay people face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

The temporary injunction was granted following an application by Sexual Minorities Uganda, a pressure group. The high court judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuka said the paper’s anti-gay campaign was an “invasion of the right to privacy”.

Frank Mugisha, the chairman of Sexual Minorities Uganda, said his organisation would seek damages from Rolling Stone if the judge ruled against the paper in the next hearing on 23 November.

“Justice has been served. This should be a reminder to the media not to incite violence against minority groups in this country,” Mugisha said.