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This country’s anti-pornography law was dropped. Here’s why

An anti-pornography law was turned down overseas. Here’s what happened

A Ugandan reads a copy of the “Red Pepper” tabloid newspaper.
A Ugandan reads a copy of the “Red Pepper” tabloid newspaper in Kampala, Uganda, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
Rebecca Vassie, Associated Press

An anti-pornography law in Uganda has been shot down due to its controversial nature, BBC News reports.

What happened to Uganda’s anti-pornography law?

The law — which was added into law back in 2014 — looked to stop the spread of pornography.

  • The law — called “anti-miniskirt law” — said banning pornography would keep women and children safe.
  • The law criminalized anything deemed pornographic, including short skirts and songs with sexual undertones, according to Al Jazeera.

However, critics said the law led to women being attacked for wearing certain clothes that were deemed pornographic, like miniskirts, according to BBC News.

  • Uganda’s Constitutional Court annulled the law.

What did the law call for?

The law deemed some song lyrics and music videos would be considered pornographic. The artists and singers of said music videos could be arrested and sent to jail, per BBC News.

  • For example, female singer Jemimah Kansiime was prosecuted for her music video, “which euphemistically referred to men’s sexual prowess,” according to BBC News. She faced up to 10 years in prison. Her case was paused because there was a petition sent to the constitutional court over the law.
  • Another woman was arrested after naked photos of her were leaked on the internet.

Simon Lokodo, who is Uganda’s former minister for ethics and integrity, was close to closing a private school in the country because it had “copies of a British children’s book which was deemed too sexual,” per Al Jazeera.