Traffic police officers arrest a crew member of a matatu that plies the Mtwapa route in Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENOTraffic police officers arrest a crew member of a matatu that plies the Mtwapa route in Kilifi for playing pornographic music content. PHOTO | WINNIE ATIENO
By SYLVANIA AMBANI

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has launched a crackdown on Public Service Vehicles (PSV) screening pornographic content in their vehicles.

According to a press statement signed by KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua, the crackdown follows complaints from members of the public who have reported numerous cases of obscene content exhibited in PSVs.

The board also said some of the PSVs have become a complete nuisance as they screen such obscene content and play loud music in total violation of the rights of their passengers.

PSV operators who wish to continue to screening videos in their vehicles will have to obtain a license from KFCB at a cost of Sh2000 annually.

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The board shall then provide classification guidelines to the applicants.

“It is disturbing and totally unacceptable for PSVs to display pornographic content in their vehicles in utter contravention of the law. Indeed it is the requirement of the law that any content that is displayed or exhibited to the public is submitted to the board for examination and classification,” said Dr Mutua.

“Our efforts are geared towards preserving our culture and morality by ensuring that the content exhibited to the public is rated for age suitability and appropriateness. The screening of such content in PSV and the blatant exposure to children to such obscene content goes against the stipulations of the films and stage plays Act Cap 222 of the Laws of Kenya, the Sexual Offence act of 2006 and the Children’s Act,” he added.

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