KFCB bans all movies with LGBTQ+ content in Kenya
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB)
has reiterated that all movies containing LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, queer) content remains outlawed in the country.
KFCB Acting CEO Christopher Wambua, speaking during
a radio interview on Friday, maintained that same-sex films and movies are prohibited
in the Kenyan Constitution hence the board will continue its crackdown on such
content in the mainstream media.
"The country's laws do not allow LGBTQ+
content or even relationships. Even as we rate and classify content, we also
consider other applicable laws," Wambua said on Spice FM.
"If there is any content that normalises
or glorifies same-sex relationships, our position in Kenya has always been that
kind of content is restricted and should not be broadcasted, exhibited or
distributed within the borders of the country."
Wambua went on to cite examples of films
which had been barred from broadcast such as 'I am Samuel' due to what he
termed as its explicit portrayal of homosexuality-related scenes.
Regarding the rising distribution of same-sex
content across the internet, Wambua noted that the government was working to
ensure prevention measures are taken to bar the airing of such content in the
He referred to the Netflix streaming site
saying that talks were underway with the US-based company to ensure that future
access to homosexual content was restricted.
"Most of them are restricting; because
of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system
that is very aligned with our laws with the view of ensuring that in future
once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible at all within
the republic," said Wambua.
"Whether you are exhibiting on the
theatre or VOD platform, there is no vacuum, the law is very clear."
At the same time, the KFCB boss advised
parents to be at the forefront of sensitizing their children through filtering
content to limit access to unauthorised content. This he said would help
to nurture them in culturally acceptable behaviour.
"Research has shown that film and media
content influence the behaviour and the thinking of consumers, especially
children who are most impressionable," he said.
"Parents need to set screen times and
monitor their child’s internet use because the internet is filled with
unfiltered content for kids to be exposed to harmful interactions like bullying
and harassment," he said.
"As we try our best to assign the age
ratings, it is the responsibility of the parents to educate and sensitize their
children that they should not be able to look at it."
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