Kenya Film Classification Board vs Netflix

The Kenya Film Commission is up in arms against the Netflix roll out in Kenya. According to the Daily Nation, The board says Netflix must conform to local regulations, since there is proof that it is providing content that is a “threat to our moral values and national security”.

“Netflix made available to the Kenyan market content that has not been subjected to the board’s classification guidelines,” said KFCB chairman Jackson Kosgei at a Wednesday briefing.

“The board regards the development as a contravention of the laws governing films and broadcast content distribution in Kenya,” he said.

The KFCB says the films are classified as fit to be viewed by 13-year-olds and above yet they have “extreme violence, nudity, promotion of irresponsible material, inappropriate language and drug abuse”.

“It will be against our mandate to allow our children to get ruined by inappropriate content in the name of profit. Moral and legal consideration must always outweigh any other benefits or interests,” said Mr Kosgei.

Further, the board says that by operating without regulations, Netflix contravenes the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the laws of Kenya. It vests the board with the authority to regulate the creation, broadcast, possession, distribution and exhibition of audio-visual content in the country.

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