Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, the CEO for KFCB is making headlines with the same old kind of controversy. Did he ban any movie, advert or song? Kenya Film Classification Board on Monday issued a notice on a local newspaper stating that all Kenyans would require licenses before posting any videos on their social media accounts.
“It has come to our attention that there are some filmmakers, both local and international, operating in the country without filming licenses. In this regard, the Board would like to inform all films agents, producers, and the general public that:
- Creation of any film meant for public exhibition without license from KFCB is illegal
- Any person guilty of this offense contravenes the law and shall be liable to a fine not exceeding Ksh100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years, or both.”
Kenyans could not resist but inquire further clarification for this. In case, you were wondering the extents of this law, here is a tweet of a certain tweep who sought further clarity and got this response ;which got many Kenyans upset.
According to the CEO of KFCB, filming using your mobile for other purpose apart from that of public exhibition or distribution requires a license.
The response got Kenyan creatives and filmmakers worried about non-licensed content meant for their social media platforms.
Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans.
@InfoKfcb find better ways to try and show your working. You must give Kenyans whatever you're high on 😂😂😂
I have to pay to use social media?? Next you'll say I need a licence to own a mobile phone 😕😕😕
Go waste taxpayers money on something else TF
— Daphine wachuka (@Daphinewachuka) May 15, 2018
This is pure EXTORTION! i'll need to pay 5K everytime i livestream a church service???
— Otaba Brian (@DeejayOTB) May 15, 2018
WAJINGA!!mnataka kuibia wakenya pesa …tu..leave creative kenyans alone …bytha nimeupload video youtube ,come for mi #gainwithxtiandela
— Dylan (@dylantwiz) May 15, 2018
Does this apply when someone/Church/politician "Goes Live" on Facebook? 🤔
— Jeremy BigBrother (@TwitaFriendJere) May 15, 2018
This is totally absurd!!! so YouTube channels now need a license!!! It's bad enough that some upcoming content creators haven't started being paid yet…. NOW THIS!!!!!…
come-on!!!!! let's be civilized🙁
— mariann lolo (@mariannlolo) May 15, 2018
This is not Hollywood where franchises are making billions, and with this pace, never will it be. Filmakers are living a hand to mouth life, in fear or both. @InfoKfcb do you even know what it takes to create a single piece of art ?
— Steve (@Iam_Musila) May 15, 2018
What's the role of KFCB exactly? film classification or issuing filming licenses? And what is a film? is vlog a film?
— Tosh 🇰🇪 (@cgitosh) May 15, 2018