Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ugandan singer faces 10 years in jail for this video...

Bouncing and grinding, singer Jemimah Kansiime's music video was a hit among her Ugandan fans, but not for conservative politicians who say it broke a tough new anti-pornography law.

The 21-year old singer, who uses the stage name "Panadol wa Basajja" -- literally, "medicine for men" -- has already spent five weeks in jail after her arrest for a music video that gives a lingering and generous focus on wet and soapy buttocks.

Now she faces up to 10 years in jail, if found guilty in the first full trial under the law -- which took effect in February 2014 -- that critics such as Human Rights Watch argue so loosely defines pornography it has encouraged public attacks on women wearing skimpy clothing.

Critics say it is part of a growing anti-liberal movement including tough laws against homosexuals in Uganda, where religious-driven conservatism appears to be on the rise and where US evangelical preachers rather than pop stars like Kansiime often receive rock star welcomes.

"I was aware that there are some sections of society that are conservative," said the singer, smoothing her rainbow coloured hair extensions that always cover one eye. Full story...

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