General Elections 2022: Film & Broadcast Content Classification Guidelines
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) is mandated by the Films and Stage Plays Act, Cap 222, of the Laws of Kenya to regulate the creation, broadcasting, possession, distribution and exhibition of film and broadcast content.
Regulation is meant to ensure that content conforms to Kenya’s culture, national values and aspirations as well as to protect children from exposure to inappropriate content.
During this electioneering period, KFCB appeals to content creators, exhibitors, distributors and members of the public not to create, exhibit, broadcast, distribute (share/circulate) and/or consume content that propagates for war, hate speech, incitement, or violence.
In the classification of film/broadcast content, the Board is guided by the Film Classification Guidelines through six (6) thematic areas namely:
1. Violence and Crime;
2. Sex, Obscenity and Nudity;
3. Occult and Horror;
4. Drugs, Alcohol and other Harmful Substances;
5. Religion and Community;
6. Propaganda for War; hate speech and incitement.
Content creators, exhibitors, distributors and members of the public are urged NOT to create, exhibit, broadcast, distribute (share/circulate) and or consume content that:
i) Depict violence that may frighten, unnerve, unsettle or invite imitation especially from children;
ii) Normalize the use of violence as a solution to resolve problems;
iii) Encourage aggressive and sadistic attitudes towards infliction of pain and violence;
iv) Portrays images of seriously injured people;
v) Portrays images of dead bodies;
vi) Portrays ease of making and accessing weapons, among others.
Propaganda for War, Hate Speech and Incitement
Content creators, exhibitors, distributors and the members of the public are urged NOT to create, exhibit, broadcast, distribute (share/circulate) and or consume content that:
i) Has repetitious emotional phrases designed to target a community, religion or institution;
ii) Has exaggerated or misrepresented facts;
iii) Has name-calling or use of offensive names to induce rejection, ridicule or condemnation;
iv) Demonizes an opponent to portray them as evil or threatening;
v) Has brainwashing techniques used to alter people’s ideas and beliefs against their wishes.
As a regulatory Board, we are working with other Government agencies to ensure that content that contravenes the Film Classification Guidelines is not distributed, broadcast or exhibited in public spaces.