Orange Cancels Adverts in Ugandan Newspaper Following Gay Outing Campaign

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Orange has pull all its advertising from the website of a Ugandan newspaper following pressure after the newspaper started a virulently homophobic campaign in the country.

The newspaper, Red Pepper has been widely condemned for running a campaign that names 200 prominent homosexuals in the country, but for also doing so in a deeply homophobic editorial style.

The country recently passed a law on homosexuality that has alarmed international observers for its oppression of a minority group.

After Orange adverts were seen on the Red Pepper website, a petition was set up calling on Orange to cancel adverts, which has been signed by over 77,000 people.

The company has now bowed to that pressure.

"By publishing an ad in a newspaper we do not endorse its editorial content and we obviously have no control over the editorial content of these publications," the company's spokesperson Jean-Bernard Orsoni said.

He said that "However, the contract with Red Pepper ended on March 6, 2014 and it will not be extended until further notice."

He added: "The group also protects all employees in crisis situations, without discrimination and supports them everywhere in the world."

On the web: AllOut Petition

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