UCC orders telecom companies to close pornographic sites

UCC orders telecom companies to close pornographic sites
UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has ordered telecommunication companies and Internet Service Providers (ISP) to block local and international pornographic sites.

In a 6th July letter, to telecom companies and internet providers, UCC Executive Director Godfrey Mutabazi attached a list of 17 popular local and 10 international pornography websites. He says the list was generated by Pornography Control Committee.

“The commission is in receipt of a list of internet sites with pornographic content from the Pornography Control Committee…the committee has established that the list of the website attached hereto are currently streaming pornographic to Uganda in breach of section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014,” the letter reads.

“The purpose of this letter, therefore, is to direct all telecom operators and internet service providers in Uganda to immediately block the attached list of websites to protect the continued breach of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014,” Mutabazi said.

The websites, however, have not been blocked. Exotic Uganda, one of the sites listed for blocking advertises itself as “your go-to directory of Uganda’s finest independent female escorts. Our exquisite guide to adult entertainers call girls, companions and escorts is refreshed regularly with new listings.”

“We have classy ladies for long term or short term hook-ups right from Kampala, Entebbe, Mbarara, Jinja and more in Uganda. When on our website, treat yourself to our variety of hookup ladies ranging from black, Arab, Asian even white escorts in Uganda,” information on the website further reads.

It provides a list of hook-up females, their location and contact. It further provides a chat room channel where males and females can have a conversation.

Mutabazi told this publication that telecom companies and internet providers risk penalties if they don’t comply with the directive.

“What we did was give directive, if they don’t comply, they will be penalised,” Mutabazi said in a telephone interview.