Cuba has passed a new law that gives the government Inspectorate the power to close down any exhibition or performances that are considered a violation of the socialist revolutionary values of the country.
The law, known as decree 349,
published in July, allows so-called 'Supervisory inspectors' to censor cultural events ranging from art exhibitions to concerts, and to immediately close any of them if they saw it as denigrating the value of the country. They also have the right to
confiscate a license for business of any restaurant or bar host an 'undesirable' event.
The decree applies to obscene speech, vulgarity, sexism, excessive use of force and more.
Despite the claim that the authorities are trying to
reduce the degree of resentment in society, cultural representatives still cal the law fascist.
Internet censors of the Uganda Communication Commission (UCC) have instructed telecommunications companies and ISPs to block a list of pornography websites. Godfrey Mutabazi, Executive Director at the UCC, has said that they have identified 17 popular
local and 10 international pornography websites which they, as the UCC, have asked ISP's and telecommunications companies to block.
The commission received the list of porn sites from the Pornography Control Committee. The committee has
established that the list of the websites attached hereto is currently streaming pornography to Uganda in breach of section 13 of the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014.
Mutabazi has warned that telecom companies and internet providers risk penalties if
they don't comply with the new directive.
Perhaps the recent introduction of high taxes on social media websites has pushed Ugandans onto the next best internet freebie, porn.