Artistes re­ject Mu­tua’s film law pro­pos­als

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Artistes and film pro­duc­ers yes­ter­day re­jected whole­some pro­posed laws that would re­quire any­one post­ing videos on the in­ter­net and so­cial media ob­tain a li­cence from the Kenya Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion Board.

They said at a pub­lic fo­rum that the pro­posed amend­ments will cur­tain free­doms and pre­vent the growth of the film in­dus­try. “This doc­u­ment says that any­one mak­ing any ma­te­rial, re­gard­less of the media is a broad­caster. This means, KFCB can reg­u­late any­one with a mo­bile phone that can take videos,” Nest Arts di­rec­tor Ge­orge Gachara said. “If the pro­ducer and the con­trac­tor are meant to be fined Sh5 mil­lion or sent to jail for four years, (then) this will keep up­com­ing pro­duc­ers and film­mak­ers away from the in­dus­try that we are try­ing to grow.”

KFCB chief ex­ec­u­tive Ezekiel Mu­tua said his or­gan­i­sa­tion, which pro­posed the changes to the Films, Stage Plays and Pub­li­ca­tions 2016, would re­con­sider its next move. “Since they have said they do not want those pro­pos­als, we will go back to the draw­ing board,” he said.

The pro­posal au­tho­rised po­lice to be present dur­ing the shoot­ing of a broad­cast film – and to stop any scene an of­fi­cer felt “in his or her opin­ion” is un­law­ful.

It also ex­posed in­ter­net ser­vice providers to fines of Sh2 mil­lion or im­pris­on­ment of two years, if they failed to re­view all the videos ex­hib­ited and dis­trib­uted through their plat­forms.

/COLLINS KWEYU

KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mu­tua ad­dresses the press at Uchumi House on April 19

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