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The Controversy Surrounding The Anti Gay Laws In Uganda

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The debate on gay has had a lot of social media coverage in the recent past. This is attributed to the fact that here have been a lot of controversial issues surrounding it. There are people who feel that gayism should be in the state constitution. On the other hand, there are those with the opinion that gayism is absurd and should not be enacted in the law. The recent happenings in Uganda, where the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni signed the antigay bill received diversity in terms of its coverage. The following is a content analysis of the topical media coverage. I have paid specific attention to postcolonial, feminist, Marxist perspective discussed in class.
News: Uganda President Yoweri Museveni signs anti-gay bill. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26320102
The following news is by BBC Africa. It has focused on signing of the antigay Bill by President Museveni. In this topic, the media has covered the reaction of diverse leaders towards the step taken by the Yoweri’s government. According to President Obama of the United States, the bill is backwards and is not worthy being enacted in the 21st century. However, the news producer is quick to note the variation of the bill. One can be subjected to life imprisonment as a penalty for violation of the act. It contrasts the earlier bill that made it a crime to report the gay people. This news has been reported from a postcolonial perspective. The postcolonial perspective seeks the independence of the voice of every man. No one’s opinion is final. It is for this reason that the news coverage has aired president Obama view on the anti-gay bill. This is because the position held by Obama would expect the whole world to respond to him. The news producer has also cited correspondents that emphasize on the inefficient parliamentary system that characterizes Uganda. Needless to say, the critical purpose of the post colonial perspective is to combat the outstanding effects that have been caused by colonization.
Compared to the article in Aljazeera, the news coverage has applied the propaganda model. In essence, the propaganda model explains how systemic biases function in the mass media. The public mind is manipulated to accept a specific course. The mode of creation of conflict acts as a propaganda for undemocratic forces. This is brought to light by the Correspondents that speculate on the inefficient parliamentary system in Uganda. It is to be appreciated that this is a profit making media organization. Therefore, the news included must suit its readers. After all, they wholly dependent on customers for sustainability.
News: Uganda president passes antigay law Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/uganda-president-signs-anti-gay-laws
The news has also covered the topic on anti-gay law. The caption indicates the focus that has been given to president Museveni and his supporters. From the very onset, one can establish that the core aim of the news producers...

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