Porn Bill not relevant, says law commission

Friday April 12 2013

By Sheila Naturinda

The Uganda Law Reform Commission (ULRC) has asked Parliament to throw out the newly-tabled Anti- Pornography Bill 2011, arguing that the government can fight pornography without enacting a new law.
“We conclude that the provisions of the Anti-Pornography Bill 2011 are already catered for in the Penal Code Act, the Computer Misuse Act, Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act 2009 and other laws and thus, there is no need for this law,” Mr Patrick Nyakana, a ULRC commissioner told Parliament yesterday.

Tabled before the parliamentary Committee on Legal and Parliament Affairs last week by the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Mr Simon Lokodo, last week, the proposed law has faced opposition from the committee members and many Ugandans because of one of its proposals-- banning mini skirts and some cultural dances.

“We need to give it a decent burial,” said the committee sit-in chairperson, Mr Fox Odoi (West Budama North), when asked why the committee continues to discuss the Bill. “We are doing consultations also.”

The proponents of the Bill argue that because there has been an “increase in pornographic materials in the Ugandan mass media and nude dancing in the entertainment world”, there is need to establish a legal framework to regulate such vices.

snaturinda@ug.nationmedia.com

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