The Kenya Information and Communications Act (KICA) further empowers the Board to; impose age restrictions to ensure that content which depicts or contains scenes that are rated as adult or are of the language intended for adult audiences are not aired during the watershed period (between 5am –10 pm) and to enforce the programming Code for the free-to-air radio and TV services by ensuring that all programme and non-programme matter, namely commercials, infomercials, documentaries, programme promotions, programme listings, community service announcements and station identifications are classified before they air
KFCB CALLS ON MEDIA HOUSES TO SHUN INCITING COMMENTATORS
The Kenya Film Classification Board(KFCB) has called on media houses in the country to carefully vet political commentators appearing on their stations to avoid incitement of the public to violence.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on Nyanza Regional Commissioner Mr. Wilson G. Njega, the Board’s CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua warned that KFCB will take action against media houses airing hate messages under the guise of political analysis.
“The mainstream media must vet those who they host as political analysts as the majority of them are quacks masquerading as analysts” said Dr. Mutua, adding that most of the so called analysts are “alarmists and busy bodies” heating up political temperatures in the country.
The CEO said that the Board would go after some of the analysts who “recklessly incite Kenyans in the name of political analysis in the electioneering period.
Dr. Mutua appealed to media houses to blackout hate mongers and tame charlatans and quacks masquerading as political analysts who frequent media houses to preach despondency and tribal politics.
The CEO was accompanied by the Board’s Ag. Chair Ms. Gathoni Kungu and Board Directors Hon. Robert Kochalle and Ernest Kerich in the visit that discussed areas of collaboration with the county administration in KFCB’s campaigns on intelligent consumption of media content.
KFCB CEO MEETS SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO KENYA
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua meets South African High Commissioner to Kenya Her Highness Koleta Anita during the African Union Specialised Committee on Culture and the Arts meeting held in Nairobi.
Dr. Mutua and Commissioner Anita discussed partnerships between Kenya and South Africa in matters culture and development of the arts in the two countries.
The AU meeting was attended by filmmakers, government representatives and stakeholders from across the continent to discuss how the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – “The Africa We Want’’ – can be reflected through film.
• Examination and classification of films and posters to be done immediately as requested by cinema theatres
• Sensitization of the stakeholders and the public
• Examination and classifying films
• Carry out research on best practice in content regulation