Gay activists in Uganda have succeeded in stopping the notorious Rolling Stone tabloid from outing more gay people – at least for now.
On Monday, high court judge Vincent Musoke-Kibuuka ruled that the anti-gay weekly’s actions were an “invasion of the right to privacy”.
He also granted a temporary injunction ordering Rolling Stone to stop publishing the names and addresses of gay men.
The application was brought to the courts by Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG).
“The publication has affected the day to day lives of the individuals mentioned and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBTI] community as a whole,” said SMUG in a statement.
There have been reports that a number of people outed by Rolling Stone in two issues have been attacked because of their sexual orientation.
Frank Mugisha, chairman of SMUG, told the Guardian that the organisation would seek damages from the newspaper. The matter is expected to be heard in court again on 23 November.
“Justice has been served. This should be a reminder to the media not to incite violence against minority groups in this country,” Mugisha said.
Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame told CNN that the publication would abide by the ruling but would continue to condemn homosexuality without identifying individuals.