Cabinet approves The Anti-Pornography Regulations, 2015, bans staging of erotic dances and uttering of vulgar language on air

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Government may soon ban such dress code

As you may recall, there were mixed reactions to the enactment of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014. The Anti-Pornography law was intended to deal with pornographic material which is corrupting public morals and fanning dangerous sexual behaviors.

However, the definition of pornography seems to have been narrowed by some to a ban of short skirts and dresses. Indeed, there were reports of overzealous individuals attacking and undressing women wearing short dresses and skirts, particularly in urban areas.

Hon. Jim Muhwezi, Minister of Information and National Guidance with Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere and Hon. Rose Namayanja
Hon. Jim Muhwezi, Minister of Information and National Guidance with Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere and Hon. Rose Namayanja

As a result, some women activists felt that the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014 amounted to an infringement on women’s right to freedom to express themselves through dressing.

Cabinet, therefore, further scrutinized the provisions of the Anti- Pornography Act, 2014 with a view to addressing its ambiguity to ease its applicability in Uganda.

Subsequently, Cabinet cleared the Act for implementation, but asked the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity to formulate clear regulations to operationize it.

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Therefore, after careful scrutiny, Cabinet has approved the Anti-Pornography Regulations, 2015, which we believe will now ease the implementation of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014.

Among others, the new guidelines specifically bar obscene publications and staging of erotic and nude drama and/or dances in Uganda. The guidelines also prohibit broadcasting of sexually explicit material, in form of still pictures, video footage and vulgar presenter utterances on our media air-waves.

Government may soon ban such dress code
Government may soon ban such dress code

Cabinet has also authorized the Minister of Ethics and Integrity to issue a Statutory Instrument to gazette the Anti-Pornography Regulations, 2015, so that enforcement can commence immediately.

Subsequently, the recently constituted Pornography Control Committee should look out for such materials, confiscate and destroy them and ensure that offenders are appropriately sanctioned.

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