Hey, gug shouts. It is his blog. His sexuality, and, the people who want to kill him are evil and telling lies. So, I will call them out. After all, I am anonymous. To some extent.
But, this has been a hot topic on the news for the last 4 months, and even more. So, what are the challenges that a journalist faces?
From my point of view,
- they first have to educate themselves. Simply reporting the lies that Ssempa parrots, and the pseudo science of Stephen Langa is NOT journalism, especially when MY life depends on it [snort]
- Reading the bill is something that is necessary. (Now, I had a copy of it somewhere... Where is yours?)
- And, of course asking people who are concerned. Forget gayuganda. He is passionate, and directed, and offensive. I do understand. So, let us forget him. But, what of the other people?
- Religious leaders other than Ssempa and Solomon Male
- Doctors to tear apart the stupid pseudo science. It is pseudo science. It is stupid. And, if anyone, even icearc dares to take me on on that, why, I will show him that most Ugandan doctors dont know anything about MY sexuality. It is a subject close to my heart, so sorry if I do happen to know more than my doctors...!
- Lawyers about the actual meaning of the words in the bill.
- I assume that a journalist is not a citizen blogger like gayuganda. So, you go ahead and prove that you are the proffesional.
So, now that is out of the way, what are the challenges that are faced by journalists reporting about homosexuality in Uganda? Here is the article. And, excerpts.
Handling issues of homosexuality in Uganda's rural media
"I've been avoiding discussing the Bahati Bill because it has created a lot of controversy. Everybody is talking about it," says Ugandan journalist Moses Walugembe.
Those are not the words you expect to hear from a senior producer of Radio Buddu's popular talk show Kinanjokyankimize. Walumgembe usually likes to tackle difficult issues ranging from food shortages in some of his district's poorest areas, to border security.
But talking about the Bahati Bill is another matter. Nicknamed after the Member of Parliament who drafted it, David Bahati, Walugembe is referring to Uganda's controversial Anti-Homosexuality bill.
Since the bill was drafted last year, the national media in Uganda has capitalised on its controversy, running front page stories and high-profile debates on radio and television networks.
But coverage outside the capital Kampala has been minimal.
Walumgembe says the boss of his radio station in Masaka forbid him from discussing the issue and local authorities wouldn't allow it either.
"Part of doing a successful programme is to have balance, at least that's what we're being taught in our BBC WST training," says Walugembe. "But I know I can't balance this issue because I wouldn't be allowed to get the perspective of gay people or the people who support them."
hmm, want to read more? the article is here.