Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Who lit the mini-skirt fire?

Some Ugandans had started to undress in public women wearing short clothes claiming that the anti-pornography law banned them. How did they get there?

Daily Monitor started it off with this:

Government tables Bill to outlaw miniskirts

Wearing of miniskirts could soon land one in jail or attract heavy fines if Parliament approves a new piece of legislation that seeks to further clarify the offence of pornography in Uganda’s laws. (April 5, 2013)
Then came this:
MPs pass Bill against miniskirts

Now in this editorial of Feb 25, 2014:

Anti-pornography law is being abused

Daily Monitor says: “The media has also been remiss in its duty to properly explain the nitty gritty of the Act. Nowhere in the 19 pages of the Act is the word miniskirt mentioned, yet it has been dubbed the anti-miniskirt law by some.
“What the law does prohibit, however, is pornography which it defines as “any representation through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent show, information technology or by whatever means, of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual excitement.”
DM, you lit the fire. Thank you for leading the efforts to stop it. Sensationalism can be costly!

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