Ugandan model, 32, whose naked selfies were leaked online when she refused to pay blackmailers £2,300 is arrested under African nation’s strict Anti-Pornography Act
A model and socialite from Uganda was blackmailed for $3,000 (£2,300) when someone stole her nude selfies and threatened to publish them online.
Judith Heard, 32, refused to pay and her photos were leaked without her consent in 2013.
But in May this year, the nude photos of her began to circulate online again only this time she was arrested under Uganda’s Anti-Pornography Act.
Despite revenge porn being illegal in the UK, the Uganda act criminalises the production and circulation of ‘pornographic material’.
She claims the photos came from a stolen phone or computer and insists she never sent them to anyone.
Heard was one of three women who had their nude pictures or sex tapes shared online without their consent.
Police officer Esther Akol had a nude photo of her in uniform circulating online but she said her ex-boyfriend had maliciously edited the photo to appear as her.
During a press conference, the Pornography Control Committee chair, Annette Kezaabu, referenced Akol’s case saying that ‘woman can be both a victim and perpetrator at the same time’.
Judith Heard posing for a selfie that she posted on her Instagram page
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Kezaabu suggested marriage breakdown, the spread of HIV, teenage pregnancies and domestic violence are among the ‘dangers of pornography’.
She told CNN the government’s ‘eventual aim is to have no footage of sex or nudity on TV whatsoever’, and that the committee intends to ‘go after’ pop stars who wear revealing clothing.
‘I think that the Anti-Pornography Act is evidence of how little the government itself cares about women, about their rights, and also about, I would say, their desire to control a woman’s agency,’ Kezaabu added.