The publishers of a small newspaper in Uganda has published an hit list. The paper ran an article titled "100 Pictures of Uganda's Top Homos Leak _ Hang Them" which called for the killing of the persons who names, photos and addresses were "leaked." Since the public outing, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to the Associated Press.
The paper's managing editor, Giles Muhame, said the article was "in the public interest."The tabloid claims they have more people to out. This is not the first time something like this has happened in Uganda. Last year, another newspaper published the names, photos, descriptions, addresses and HIV status of suspected gay men. In much of Africa, homosexuality is illegal and punishable by death or imprisonment. In South Africa, the only African nation to recognize gay marriage, gangs carry out so-called "corrective" rapes on lesbians.
"We felt there was need for society to know that such characters exist amongst them. Some of them recruit young children into homosexuality, which is bad and need to be exposed," he said. "They take advantage of poverty to recruit Ugandans. In brief we did so because homosexuality is illegal, unacceptable and insults our traditional lifestyle."