National Priority? Uganda Ethics Minister Says Shs 300 Million Porn Detector Arrives Soon from S. Korea

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Uganda State Minister for Ethics Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo said the country has contracted a South Korean firm to supply a Shs 300 million pornography detecting machine that will help scrutinize personal handsets to detect obscene content.

The machine reportedly has capacity to ‘unearth’ porn pictures, videos or graphics taken or saved on one’s phone, computer or camera in any form and those found guilty will be charged.

Lokodo said the machine is part of a shs 2.6 billion budget which the national anti-pornographic committee in will part with to rid the nation of the habit.

“We have appointed the anti-pornography committee, but it had not been launched due to lack of finance, but the Government has now approved the money to activate the operations,” Lokodo said.

A popular pastor in Uganda also known for his strong stance against homosexuality Martin Sempa is on the committee that will conduct the implementation of the anti-pornography law signed in by President Yoweri Museveni in February 2014.

According to Act, Part (III) on prohibition of pornography under the anti-pornography law states that  subsection (I) a person shall not produce, traffic in, publish, broadcast, procure, import, export, sell or abet form of pornography . Subsection (2) states that a person who produces or participates in production of, traffics in, publishes , broadcasts, procures, import, exports or in any way abets pornography contrary to subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable ,on conviction, to a fine not exceeding  five hundred currency points or imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or both.

The minister also cautioned media houses that publish pornographic content will be closed upon investigations.

He said he is currently training a group of revelers who recently took nude picture while at a resort beach and shared them on social media

Credit: The New Vision

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