Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chair, Ezekiel Mutua, has issued a tough warning to Public Service Vehicle operators who play loud music and tune into radio stations that air inappropriate content. Mutua’s crackdown kicks off tomorrow.
Mutua said, “Every corner of this country will be covered with police officers, they will support us in reinforcing this law, bring sanity and save passengers who are being badly treated and held captive by rogue conductors and drivers.”
Mutua did not name any particular station. He emphasized the crackdown has been necessitated by numerous complaints from passengers who are at their tether’s end thanks to the increasing display of inappropriate content in public service vehicles.
Langata Road, Magadi Road, Thika Road, Mombasa Road, Eastleigh, Limuru Road, Waiyaki Way and Jogoo Road were singled out as being notorious for the menace, based on complaints received.
“These are notorious routes that have become disco and pornographic dens,” he noted.
Drivers of school buses and vans have been warned against listening to radio stations that air adult content.
He has directed that all matatus with fitted screens to apply for licenses and present their content for screening or risk a fine of not less than Ksh100,000.
He stressed that screening of unrated content in PSVs had immensely exposed children to obscenity, in what, he said, offends sections of the Sexual Offences Act of 2006 and the Children’s Act.
“Any content exhibited in the PSVs must be rated General Exhibition (GE) for viewers of all ages, the elements that are in the content must not be extreme nudity, violence or vulgar,” he stated.
A statement issued by the board in February 2018 warned against any form of violation by matatu operators who turn themselves into exhibitors by displaying content that had not been submitted to the board examination and classification.
“PSVs are not broadcasters, the mounting of screens for entertainment can only be regulated under the Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya as exhibitors of broadcast content,” he said.