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CNN is now calling it “anti-gay” if you prosecute somebody who has sex with a child or a disabled person. That’s what’s currently unfolding in Uganda, where two men are currently being charged with unlawful sex with child and a disabled person — crimes that could result in the death penalty.
CNN, instead of expressing immediate outrage over these crimes, turned their article into a “victim’s advocate” piece, forgetting that the real victim here is the child.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 29, 2023
Instead of showing immediate outrage over these crimes, CNN twisted their article into a “victim’s advocate” piece, completely overlooking the fact that the real victim here is the child and quite possibly a disabled adult.
The act, signed into law in May, also outlaws gay marriage in Uganda and it punishes same-sex acts with life imprisonment.
It has been decades since Uganda last carried out an execution, but its longtime President Yoweri Museveni had threatened in 2018 to resume state assent for capital punishment.
Attorney Justine Balya, who is representing the 20-year-old man, told CNN that the penalties associated with the law were entirely out of proportion.
“Of course the fact that the law is being enforced in this way is entirely unconstitutional because it seeks to criminalize what is often consensual conduct between adults,” she said.
She said that cases of this kind could go to trial after a long delay and she expects her client to be in pre-trial remand for an extended period.
Balya said they are representing several people arrested for lesser offenses under the Anti-Homosexuality Act.
The man arrested in Soroti is the second person to be charged with the capital offense in Uganda since the law passed in May.
Another man was charged with “aggravated homosexuality” last month in Jinja district in eastern Uganda for allegedly performing “a sexual act with a child aged 12 of the same sex,” according to Okui.
Both men are under remand and will appear in court in September.
CNN briefly mentions the child as if he’s just a “speed bump” in the larger narrative, focusing instead on how these two men are supposedly being subjected to anti-gay hate laws. Thankfully, CNN was fact-checked by X Community Notes, who claimed the title was “misleading.” Yes, to say the least. Here’s what the Community Notes said:
The title is misleading and leaves out important details about the two men. The article says one man was charged with “a sexual act with a child aged 12 of the same sex”. The other man charged “performed unlawful sexual intercourse with one [man] aged 41 with a disability”
It’s astonishing how the media will contort themselves into pretzels to frame a story in a way that aligns with their political agenda. That’s not journalism; it’s propaganda.