BY MILTON OLUPOT
THE Government is going to crack down on media houses that publish pornography, ethics minister James Buturo announced on Thursday.
Radio stations that advertise services of witchdoctors will also face actions as they contravene the Witchcraft Act 1957, he warned.
â€œThey are promoting witchcraft-related activities to the detriment of Ugandaâ€™s integrity,â€ Buturo said.
The minister told journalists at the Media Centre in Kampala that the Cabinet had restated its determination to take action against promoters of immorality in the country. He noted that a new law on pornography was in the offing.
â€œWhile the law is awaited, the Cabinet has directed that action should be taken against those sections of the media where it is a shareholder. The Bukedde newspaper (a Luganda daily) has been singled out for its persistent promotion of pornographic material,â€ he said.
Buturo complained that almost every other day, pictures of naked men and women adorn the newspaper. Radio stations are also popularising services of witchdoctors at a rate that is increasing, he said.
â€œThe Government expects immediate retraction from publishing pornographic materials by the Editor (of Bukedde). If this is not done, Kulubya Geoffrey will be arrested and other measures taken to assert moral credentials of Ugandans,â€ he said.
Buturo stated that the Cabinet had already approved the Pornography Bill and he would soon table it before Parliament. The new law, he noted, comprehensively addresses the issue.
Asked for a reaction, the Bukedde editor, Geoffrey Kulubya, said the paper does not promote pornography.
â€œWe are guided by New Vision Board guidelines which define pornography as exposure of naked adult genitalia. Ssenga (Bukedde sex columns) are written by acknowledged experts and are purely for education purposes,â€ he said
Kulubya added that Bukeddeâ€™s sales growth is not as a result of pornography but the paperâ€™s editorial policy of crusading against domestic violence, child abuse and focusing on community related stories with a focus on human interest angles.