ADVERTISEMENT

Kenya bans all movies with LGBTQ+ content

Kenya has prohibited all creators of films and television content from including LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) messaging in their works, noting that such material is against the law as per the Kenyan Constitution.

LGBTQ banned

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) announced the ban and soon afterwards reiterated that all movies containing same-sex relationships remains outlawed in the country warning that the board would still continue its crackdown on such content in the mainstream media.

ADVERTISEMENT

KFCB Acting CEO Christopher Wambua, speaking during a radio interview on Friday, said:

"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. 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.

ADVERTISEMENT

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 country.

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. Whether you are exhibiting on the theatre or VOD platform, there is no vacuum, the law is very clear," said Wambua.

The head of KFCB advised parents to be at the forefront of sensitising their children through filtering content to limit access to unauthorised content. This, he said, would help to instill in them culturally acceptable behaviours.

ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulse.ug

Recommended articles

Patience is the one following in my footsteps - Museveni

Patience is the one following in my footsteps - Museveni

Full list: Makerere, MUBS release government-sponsored students for 2024

Full list: Makerere, MUBS release government-sponsored students for 2024

UPDF set to recruit 9627 soldiers in 2024

UPDF set to recruit 9627 soldiers in 2024

Journalists beaten by Bobi Wine's team seek justice

Journalists "beaten by Bobi Wine's team" seek justice

DRC special unit tasked with interrogating the Americans involved in the DRC coup

DRC special unit tasked with interrogating the Americans involved in the DRC coup

African presidents who died in helicopter or plane crashes

African presidents who died in helicopter or plane crashes

10 countries with the highest population in the world

10 countries with the highest population in the world

Iran's President Raisi dies in chopper crash, here are interesting facts about him

Iran's President Raisi dies in chopper crash, here are interesting facts about him

Bomb threat at Pastor Bugembe's church

Bomb threat at Pastor Bugembe's church

ADVERTISEMENT