Coincidence? Or a tragic example of the power of the press?

You may recall the controversy last fall when a newspaper in Uganda printed pictures of homosexuals in the country with “hang them” on the front page…

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David Kato, an advocacy officer for the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda, is the gentleman on the left in the newspaper above.

He’s dead.

Witnesses have told the BBC that “a man entered Mr Kato’s home near Kampala, and beat him to death before leaving.”

The police say the killing is unrelated to the “outing” campaign of the newspaper

  • Heather

    And how do they know it’s not related?

  • Jim Shapiro

    The ultimate tragedy is ignorance, and the fear that it breeds.

    Uganda was one of the countries hardest hit by aids. In large part thanks to a massive education program using the media, the country is now held up as a success story.

    Unforeseen consequences sadly rear their ugly head again.

  • Liz

    Kind of like how putting targets over public officials’ districts and asking people not to retreat but to reload has no effect on people, either.