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British Producer Jailed Awaiting Punishment for Producing Gay-Themed Play in Uganda: VIDEO


Earlier this week I posted about David Cecil, the producer of Uganda's first gay-themed play The River and The Mountain, which had a short run in August in Kampala. Cecil was being threatened with a jail term for staging the play.

Watch a video report from NTV Uganda, AFTER THE JUMP...

Court_cecilCecil appeared at a hearing yesterday, and was taken into custody, the AP reports:

David Cecil appeared in court Thursday charged with "disobeying lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged "The River and the Mountain" in Uganda's capital last month despite orders to the contrary.

Cecil's lawyer, Francis Onyango, said his client was not released on bail because his passport, wanted by the magistrate, had been confiscated by the police.

RivermountainA bail hearing is next week. Cecil faces a two-year prison term if convicted for "disobeying legal orders". Uganda activists are speaking out, the AFP reports:

"Such acts go against the constitutional provisions of freedom of expression and assembly," said Clare Byarugaba, a coordinator at gay rights group, the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

"These charges are ungrounded and only serve to propel further the State of Uganda's anti-gay campaigns," she said. Ugandan officials, however, said the arrest was justified and warned that more people involved with the performance could face prosecution if the play is staged again.

"We have already put a directive to police that whoever is taking part in the play and especially those Ugandans who are paid to take part must stop or else they will be inviting the long arm of the law," said Simon Lokodo, Uganda's ethics and integrity minister.

Watch a video report from NTV Uganda, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I truly admire someone like Cecil who has the gumption to put his freedom on the line. Now if we could only get Obama or Cameron to do something about it.

    Posted by: jason | Sep 14, 2012 8:39:41 AM

  2. It's really sad and painful. He's a man of utter gut who deserves respect and freedom.

    Posted by: Pommie | Sep 14, 2012 8:48:01 AM

  3. We need to get him out of that country. The christers are hateful monsters who will stop at nothing.
    Once he makes bail, smuggle him out.

    Posted by: enough already | Sep 14, 2012 9:17:10 AM

  4. Thieves, murderers, play producers. It's puritan England circa 1640 in Uganda I take it. What do they plan to do, burn him at the stake?

    What an insufferable spectacle. Ugandan's should be ashamed of their judiciary and political leaders.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Sep 14, 2012 9:33:09 AM

  5. The UN and the US State department need to seriously consider sanctions against Uganda for severe civil rights violations.

    If the right wing gains more power here in the US, however, we could be facing oppressive new laws, similar to the ones in Uganda. Very, very sad.

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 14, 2012 9:36:13 AM

  6. So is David Cecil a British citizen?

    If so, I'm curious to see what the British government has to say about all of this.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Sep 14, 2012 11:18:32 AM

  7. Disgusting. Thank you, David Cecil, for bravery beyond anyone's capabilities. You are a hero and I hope you somehow get out of this mess. My thoughts are with you.

    Posted by: graphicjack | Sep 14, 2012 12:55:46 PM

  8. Wait. But what if the government arrested him because his play would have caused anti-gay Ugandans to riot and murder gays?

    Then it would OK with some of you, right? Or is that only when the person producing a play (or movie) says something you don't like?

    Posted by: Jackck | Sep 14, 2012 1:17:36 PM

  9. Jesus, locked in a f*cking cargo container for a week...

    Look at what this guy is willing to do for gay people...

    Kinda makes insisting on a picture to validate opinion posts look like catsh*t on a stick, doesn't it ?

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Sep 14, 2012 11:47:15 PM

  10. JACKCK: Lol. Inciting violence and death against specific groups of people =/= raising social awareness.

    Not very bright.

    Posted by: Lance | Sep 15, 2012 10:04:39 AM

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