Parliament Passes the Anti-Pornography Bill

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The Parliament of Uganda has passed the Ant-pornography Bill, 2011 which puts a ban on wearing miniskirts.

The bill was passed on Thursday evening and it defines Pornography to cover cultural practices, publications, music, dance depicting sexual activities intended to corrupt morals.

The Anti Pornography Bill provides for a committee responsible for the implementation of the law and taking measures to prohibit Pornography.

As per the Bill, the committee created by the Bill will also collect and destroy Pornography objects.

“In case it is a bikini show, and the models are in bikinis, will that be Pornography and does the bill ban catwalks?” MP Betty Amongin asked the Parliamentarians.

Some MPs and minister were glad that the bill had been passed. The Ethics Minister Fr Simon Lokodo said: “With the enactment of the Bill, my dream has been fulfilled.”

The Anti-pornography Bill defines pornography as any cultural practice, form of behaviour or form of communication or speech or information or literature or publication in whole or in part or news story or entertainment or stage play or broadcast or music or dance or art or graphic or picture or photography or video recording or leisure activity or show or exhibition.

It also prohibits any combination of the preceding that depicts unclothed or under clothed parts of the human body such as breasts, thighs, buttocks and genitalia, a person engaged in explicit sexual activities or conduct; erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement and any indecent act or behaviour tending to corrupt morals.

The Bill was handled by the legal and parliamentary Affairs.

However, speaking before Parliament, MP Katoto Abudu preferred the Parliament to first discuss the “Anti Gay Bill, which not only corrupts morals but is punishment in the Bible” before the Anti-pornography bill.

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