July 6th, 2018, the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) gave a directive to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block 27 websites for “streaming pornographic content to Uganda.”
The UCC directive list 10 international and 17 local websites it has identified to be advertising escort services. You might not have heard of this announcement as the news around protests against the government imposition of daily tax on the use of social media buried any other UCC’s directives.
The move to block porn sites is in line with the recent government directive under the UCC to control how Ugandans use and/or consume content on the internet. In March, the Uganda government gave another directive blocking bloggers, podcasters, news sites, and YouTubers to get a license from the UCC to continue producing content online.
The Executive Director of the Uganda Internet Exchange Point, Kyle Spencer, says the move to block porn sites is just “another nail in the coffin” trying to muzzle Ugandans freedom of expression and viewership online.
Before the government came up with these latest legislation to control Ugandans online content consumptions. The authorities …read more