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[March 11, 2014]


(Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KAMPALA, Uganda - An activist group says the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising from a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted last month.

All Out said in a statement Monday that Orange, a subsidiary of France Telecom, made the decision after more than 77,000 of its members petitioned the company to ``remove the advertisements'' with the newspaper Red Pepper.

The statement said that Red Pepper's contract with Orange expired on March 6 and will not be extended.

It was not clear how much Red Pepper earned from the Orange ads.

Arinaitwe Rugyendo, a Red Pepper senior executive who acts as its spokesman, said he had no immediate comment.

(The Associated Press) (c) 2014 The Canadian Press

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