Facebook deactivates Nyanzi page over nude photos


Facebook management has moved swiftly on Monday morning to deactivate the page of top Makerere don Stella Nyanzi for posting naked pictures.

Nyanzi who was staging a naked protest against her boss Prof Mahmood Mamdani’s decision to evict her from her office at Makerere Institute of Social Research [MISR], saw it fit to undress on live TV.

She then posted her naked pictures on her Facebook wall.

“I have thrown my clothes outside Mamdani’s office. I am naked as I cry out for my office,” she wrote.

Nyanzi was evicted from her office on Friday on orders of her Mamdani who is the founder of MISR.

MISR said in an internal memo that Nyanzi had not been dismissed but was being relocated to the library until she agrees to teach a PhD programme which she had earlier on committed to.

On Monday morning, Nyanzi returned to MISR only to find her office still locked, then went infront of Prof. Mamdani’s office and started undressing.

Facebook took a quick action and deactivated her page to save her more embarrassment.

Facebook’s latest community-standards policy, from March 2015, says Facebook restricts photos of genitals or fully exposed buttocks, as well as some images of breasts if they include the nipple.

But Facebook says it allows photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.

“We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content – particularly because of their cultural background or age,” the policy states.

Only last week, government formed a team to work with the Ethics and Integrity minister, Simon Lokodo, in the fight against pornography.

Jim K. Muhwezi, the Minister of Information and National Guidance, says pornography is a major challenge in Uganda society today.

He said pornography is in the form of publishing nude pictures in print and on line, sexually explicit films, nude stage shows, vulgar songs and dances, among others.

According to the minister, exposure to pornography is aggravating sexual perversion and related crimes like defilement, rape, bestiality and homosexuality.

Proliferation of pornography also contributes to increasing instances of teenage pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases particularly HIV.

The National Ethical Values Policy (NEVP) as approved by Cabinet in 2013 and to operationise the NEVP, the Anti-Pornography Act, 2014, was enacted by Parliament and duly assented to by H.E the President.

The Pornography Control Committee will work closely with the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, Uganda Police Force and other entities and individuals it deems necessary.

The committee is yet to summon Nyanzi over her nude pictures.



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