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Newspaper Vows to Appeal Uganda Ruling

Newspaper Vows to Appeal Uganda Ruling


The managing editor of the Rolling Stone newspaper in Uganda has vowed to appeal a Monday high court ruling that bans media from outing gay people in the African country.

High court judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuke ruled that the outings violated the constitutional right to privacy and endangered the lives of gay people. The case was brought against Rolling Stone for outing gay rights campaigners it called "Uganda's top homos" and publishing their addresses last year under the "Hang Them" headline, but the ruling applies to all media in Uganda.

According to The Independent, Giles Muhame, the managing editor of the Rolling Stone, plans to appeal the ruling. The high court awarded about $650 to the three plaintiffs and ordered Rolling Stone to pay legal fees.

"However, Muhame who says Rolling Stone is 'exposing the evil in our society' told The Independent that the newspaper's lawyers were already preparing an affidavit to set foot in the court of appeal. 'We are also going to get signatures from Ugandans,' he added."

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