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Uganda Blocks Access to Pornography Websites

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Internet service providers in Uganda have blocked pornography websites, complying with a directive from the country’s telecommunications regulator.

Uganda Blocks Access to Pornography Websites

Internet service providers in Uganda have blocked pornography websites, complying with a directive from the country’s telecommunications regulator.

In July, Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) executive director Godfrey Mutabazi wrote to telecoms and ISPs ordering them to “ensure that pornographic material is not uploaded or downloaded through its services.”

This follows concerns raised by the Uganda’s Pornography Control Committee that some of the sites were carrying leaked nude videos of Ugandan celebrities and others have been dealing in escort services.

Uganda internet service providers finally blocked pornography websites in fulfilment of a directive issued by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

Pornhub, Xvideos and Youporn are among 25 of the 27 banned websites that cannot be accessed on mobile phones in the East African Community (EAC) member state.

The Daily Monitor reports that the three blue video sites were among the top 100 most visited websites in Uganda before the ban took effect.

The sites have been providing pornographic material for free.
However, users of Virtual Private Network (VPN) can access the banned sites.
There are also other websites that are acting as proxies for the banned pornography sites.

The ban in Uganda follows steps by East African Community (EAC) member states to crackdown on the access to pornographic material especially to minors.

Currently there are 27 websites that cannot be accessed on mobile phones in the region.

Neighboring Kenya is also mulling a similar ban.
Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) chairman George Magoha asked the government to shut down porn sites in a bid to arrest runaway teenage pregnancies.

Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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