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Anti-porn committee says God will help them end the vice

Father Simon Lokodo.

The nine-member pornographic control committee government inaugurated last month to prevent use or spread of pornographic materials and information in Uganda says God will help them end the vice.

Speaking during a stakeholder engagement at Hotel Africana on Monday, the chairperson of the committee, Dr Annette Kezaabu stated that they might be few who are at the front line against this corrupt material but “God does not make mistakes, we shall end this vice,” she said.

It is during this meeting that they also revealed that the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity together with communications controller, Uganda Communications Commission are planning to block pornography sites, with more emphasis on those uploading child porn.

“Pornography is scripted in a subtle way that it is meant to keep consumers expectant and addicted. It is a cancer of the soul that is always discovered in its advanced stages with grave consequences,” Dr Annette Kezaabu said.

In 2015, worldwide, there were more than 2 billion Web searches for porn. According to Psychology today, 90 percent of boys and 60 percent of girls are exposed to Internet porn by age 18. Also, 56 percent of divorces involve one spouse (almost always the man) having an obsessive interest in online porn.

The same source says Porn sites attract more visitors each month than Amazon, Netflix, and Twitter combined, and that 30 percent of Internet content is porn. Psychology today adds that 88 percent of porn contains violence against women.

Ethics and Integrity minister, Father Simon Lokodo in his remarks during the meeting said their plan is to begin by creating a list of porn sites, and then forward it to UCC.

“We are going to work with internet service providers to block pornography, so that we can save our young generation. If porn was blocked in Dubai and India, even in Uganda we can block it. There is nothing impossible if the will is there,” Lokodo said.

Also present was Former ethics Minister, Nsaba Buturo who revealed that State “suggested that Churches, teachers and other organisations will have to play a big role in creating awareness and sensitizing the ill effects of porn.”

“Pornography started in 2000 but there has been total silence. The few voices that were against it have been timid, incapable of salvaging our values. They have been compromised by donor aid from the foreign countries,” Buturo explained.

By Paul Dennis.

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