Follow-up on Tom’s very timely coverage of the Ugandan High Court decision forbidding a tabloid newspaper from publishing the names and pictures of suspected homosexuals (and urging that they be killed). The CBC reports on the Canadian angle to this story: the Ugandan decision cited with approval a 2002 Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench decision upholding penalties imposed by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission upon a private individual who had taken out an anti-gay advertisement in a newspaper. As the CBC story points out – but the Ugandan ruling apparently does not – the Queen’s Bench ruling was later reversed by Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal.
Presumably it comes as little surprise to readers of this blog to learn that a particular constitutional court has a sense of what its counterparts in other countries are doing. But is it slightly more surprising for a trial court in Uganda to know about trial court rulings from the Canadian plains?