The Board’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ezekiel Mutua has said KFCB’s content regulatory efforts are designed to promote the creative industry by facilitating growth in the creative sector. In an interview in Nairobi with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) World Service, Dr. Mutua indicated that content regulation is meant to protect children from harmful content, and not to curtail citizen’s rights to free creative expression.
“The key considerations taken into account by KFCB in content regulation include allowing people to express themselves and protecting children from exposure to harmful content,” he said. Dr. Mutua also clarified that KFCB is a classification agency and not a censorship board, noting that KFCB has since moved from banning content to classifying movies with inappropriate content as suitable for adults only.
“We ban films on very rare cases lately. The films that we necessary to restrict altogether are those that offend the Constitution by engaging in propaganda for war, incitement or hate speech”, said Dr. Mutua. The CEO observed that the exponential rate of growth being experienced in Kenya’s film industry must be tempered with regulation to protect children from unsuitable media content.
Said Dr. Mutua : “KFCB’s model of regulation is rational and objective. We don’t control what adults watch, but we have a responsibility to protect children from alien cultures that promote violence and homosexuality” The Board has a comprehensive regulation system, complete with an appellant mechanism based on Classification Guidelines drawn from the Film and Stage Plays Act, Cap222.