Porn Banned And Blocked In Uganda

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Internet users in Uganda would no longer have access to pornographic websites, the government has announced.

In September 2018, the East African country procured pornography-detecting equipment from South Korea for a whopping $88,000 in an attempt to deal with the porn canker plaguing Ugandan society.

Nearly 32% of Uganda’s 35 million population use the internet regularly. But although lewdness is considered taboo, it is estimated that one in every three internet users deliberately access or are exposed to pornography.

In 2014, the Guardian reported that the country is the world’s leading nation for searching gay porn although largely considered the world’s anti-gay capital. Much of the country’s youth also delight in X-rated leaks of Ugandan celebrities and errant teenage girls.

The porno problem got so serious that government even formed the Pornography Control Committee.  This week its chairperson, Dr Annette Kezaabu revealed that pornography consumption had dropped, albeit slightly.

And after government ruled the achievement “still not good enough”, it took the more drastic measure. Cue Thursday, December 6, 2018…

Government, through the Uganda Communications Commission [UCC] ,declared that nearly 25 of the world’s biggest porn sites have been rendered inaccessible in Uganda. Consequently, all mobile devices and computers can no longer access pornographic websites within the country while processes are yet underway to block uploads of censored content and less popular websites ruled to promote pornography.

Government has also warned that it intends to strictly enforce Section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act 2014 which prohibits the publishing, production, selling or abetting of all forms of pornography. Offenders will likely be fined nearly $2,700 or a ten year jail term, or even both.

Meanwhile certain local and international media sources have already speculated that government is likely to overturn the action if data consumption plummets and consequently forces ISPs to mount pressure on government.

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