The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has today decried the recent filming of Kenya’s athletics Team Manager by two foreign media organizations in Eldoret, saying the secret recording violated regulations governing film creation in the country.
In an interview with a local media house at his office this morning, the Board’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ezekiel Mutua said in recording the footage without obtaining a filming license from KFCB as required under Section 4 of the Films and Stage Plays Act, German broadcaster RDS and the Sunday Times violated the laws of Kenya.
The CEO said the incognito recording constituted a frontal violation of film regulatory rules, which exposed a significant security risk for Kenya at a time when the country is facing terrorist threats. He described the undercover filming of Mr. Rotich as unethical, unorthodox and illegal. “Tell me: if foreign journalists came here with cameras, operated clandestinely, filmed and took the material out of the country – what would stop a terrorist from doing the same?’’ posed Mr. Mutua.
Mr. Mutua warned against such behavior, adding that trivializing the matter was exposing the country to great danger. He urged foreign media to follow established regulations when filming in the country. ‘The veracity of the content on the doping challenge notwithstanding, what we are looking at is the process followed to the extent that KFCB did not issue a license. It shows the country is being exposed to potential criminal elements who may come to the country under the guise of making films. There should be order,’ he said.
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is a State Corporation established under the Film and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 Laws of Kenya to regulate the creation, broadcast, distribution and exhibition of film and broadcast content to conform to national aspirations, values, culture and morality.The law defines film as audiovisual content, mandating KFCB to regulate, films and broadcast content, including documentaries and advertisements.