The Kenya Film Classification Board is embarking on a nationwide public sensitization program to curb radicalization, pornography and inappropriate film and media contents.
The campaign which was launched in Mombasa will be conducted in collaboration with the National Police Service and is intended to enhance law enforcement and promote national security as well as moral values.
KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua said with the threat of terrorism to peace and security, the board will work with the law enforcement agencies to ensure that films and broadcast contents were not used for purposes of radicalization or to propagate extremist messages.
Mutua expressed alarm over the proliferation of pornographic and sexually explicit materials in the country, saying that if the trend was not nipped in the bud, it would lead to moral decay and result to corruption and criminality.
“As a Board, we would partner with all stakeholders in the country to ensure that wrong, distorted and misleading information does not reach the public, especially the children and the youth,” said Mutua.
The CEO also decried the growing commercial sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism especially at the coast and called for concerted efforts to prevent and combat child sex exploitation in the tourism sector.
KFCB chairman Bishop Jackson Kosgey appealed to the public and the media to be on the lookout and help the board and the police get information on those distributing, exhibiting and producing films, movies and videos unsuitable for general public consumption.
Bishop Koskey said exposure of inappropriate film and media content to young people would lead to increased violence in the country adding that there was need to tackle increasing cases of addiction to pornography and gambling among the youth.
He attributed exposure to pornographic materials for the growing moral decay among young people and called on all stakeholders to come together and reverse the moral decline.
“We want to take the public sensitization and education campaign on the devastating harm from pornography and inappropriate film and media content to all the 47 counties before seeking police help to enforce the relevant laws,” said Bishop Kosgey adding that moral decay had impacted negatively on the youth which would in the long run affect the economy.
The KFCB chairman said pornography harmed children and caused addiction to men and children besides increasing cases of sex trafficking in the country.
Police spokesman Charles Owino welcomed the partnership with the KFCB saying police would enforce laws against pornography, child sex tourism, inappropriate film content and youth radicalization.
Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa decried the high number of unclassified films being distributed or exhibited to members of the public including pornography in many parts of the country especially at the coast.