Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Pornography Control Committee (PCC) that will see the two government agencies work together to eliminate or reduce the consumption and distribution of pornographic content in Uganda.
The Pornography Control Committee was established under Section 3 of the Anti-Pornography Act 2014 to ensure early detection and prohibition of pornography in Uganda.
The nine-member committee is headed by Dr. Annette Kezaabu Kasimbazi.
In a joint statement, the agencies said they will team up to ensure “early detection of pornography on all communications platforms”, prosecute offenders under the Anti-Pornography Act and train media personnel.
They will also provide educative materials on the dangers of pornography, build linkages with other stakeholders; and use available infrastructure in detecting and blocking pornography.
It should be recalled that mid-2018, the Pornography Control Committee requested UCC to order ISPs to block twenty-seven porn sites in Uganda.
But using VPNs and due to reluctance by some telecom companies in blocking pornography, Ugandans are still consuming porn, with a porn site ranking among the top ten most visited websites in Uganda.
At the signing of the MoU, UCC was represented by its executive director, Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi and Dr. Kezaabu represented the Pornography Control Committee.
The other Committee members present for the signing included Rita Zaramba Sekadde, representing the media; Gastone Byamugisha, representing the education professionals; Princess Hafisa Kabaganja, representing cultural leaders; and Sheik Muhammed Waiswa, representing religious leaders.
The Pornography Control Committee is established under Section 3 of the Anti- Pornography Act 2014 and is appointed by the Minister of Ethics and Integrity with the approval of Cabinet.