The Dinner Club, a film submitted as the Dutch entrance for this year's European Film Festival in Uganda has had its screening was cancelled following the Council's decision. The Media Council has also prohibited the exhibition of the film anywhere in Uganda.
Comments made by the Council regarding the ban are that the film "depicts and glorifies homosexuality", and that the film contains profanity, listing as an example a scene where one gay man calls another a "hot chick".
The decision to censor the film on this basis is in violation of international standards on freedom of expression, which require the right to be guaranteed for all without discrimination, and limit the grounds on which expression can be restricted based on "morals".
[Ugandans protesting against homosexuality]
"Censorship of this kind by the Media Council is not only discriminatory, but unconstitutional. The Ugandan Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 29, and this decision denies that right. This is not only a significant blow to artistic expression in Uganda, but a worrying example of discrimination against LGBT expression...''
In Uganda films have been banned for alledgely depicting sexual scenes. This ban is particularly concerning given the existing repression of LGBT expression in the country. Uganda criminalises consensual relations between people of the same sex, and LGBT people are subject to violence and threats.
In Uganda, homosexual activity is illegal. Under the Penal Code, "carnal knowledge against the order of nature" between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.
Report based on an article from the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House (Toronto)
Police in South London have been praised for the rapid response to the events that manifested in London last night. Within 8 minutes of the first call, Police had shot dead 3 suspects. The terrorist chose a vehicle to cause maximum harm. This attack in some way is similar to the Westminster bridge attack not too long ago. The terrorists drove a white truck into people on London bridge. The area chosen by the terrorist is a busy area packed with bars and restaurants. Initial reports from police were that 6 people have died and 48 injured. The injured have been taken to 5 hospitals in. The number of fatalities now stand at 7 with many fighting for their lives in hospital.
Reports reaching AWN, and other reports monitored from various sources, state that at about 10 PM on the 3rd of June 2017, a white van was used on London bridge to plough into innocent pedestrians going about their normal lives. The men then got out of their vehicle and started to stab people with what a witness described as "with large knives". The men were believed to be wearing suicide vests which were later seen to be fake. What is not certain is if more than 3 attackers were involved in the attack as some witnesses said that some people jumped out from the back of the van the atackers used to run into innocent revellers. A police investigation is now ongoing with police probably studying CCTV footage of areas around the attacks.
[3 terrorists (lying on the ground) are shot dead by police]
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister said, "We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism''. "Perpetrators are inspired to act not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.
"It is time to say enough is enough. Everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would. Our society should continue to function in accordance with our values''. "But when it comes to taking on extremism and terrorism, things need to change."
Jeremy Corbyn referred to the incidents "brutal and shocking". He added that his thoughts were with the victims and their families. He also thanked the emergency services.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan reacted to the attack saying the attack was a "deliberate and cowardly", adding: "There is no justification whatsoever for such barbaric acts".
President Donald Trump issued his statements in his usual manner. In a series of tweets Trump said ''We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse'' He continued ''Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck''. He quickly used the attack to bring back the issue of his travel ban saying ''We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety''.
With the current spate of attacks there are calls for people to work together to defeat terrorism and not let the terrorist win. This is what the terrorist want. To turn people against each other. Once this happens, there is no way back. And they have won.
Will.I.Am is in Cardiff ahead of the Champions League Finals. He is in town with his group, the Black Eyed Peas. is to perform at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, June 3 with the Black Eyed Peas ahead of the match between Juventus and Real Madrid. The band is performing at the Champions League final's opening ceremony.
The voice judge will later play at an exclusive gig at the Glam Nightclub. He has been seen around town taking in some of the city's sights and taking pictures with the locals. He is reported to have beeen to Tiger Tiger and the Live Lounge in Cardiff.
To party with Will.I.Am, you can get a ticket for about £10-£25 per person. The club also has a limited number of VIP booths available at about £500 per booth (up to 10 people).