According to media reports, Kenya has banned all film content containing LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) content.
This follows a statement by Christopher Wambua, Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO, saying that same-sex films and movies are prohibited in the Kenyan Constitution; therefore, the board will continue its crackdown on such content in the mainstream media.
Wambua said, “The country’s laws do not allow LGBTQ+ content or relationships. Even as we rate and classify content, we also consider other applicable laws.”
BMA understands that some films have already been banned from broadcast due to what Wambua describes as the “explicit portrayal of homosexuality-related scenes.”
Wambua indicated that talks were underway with US-based streaming service Netflix to ensure that future access to homosexual content was restricted.
“Because of our discussions with Netflix, they are curating their classification system that is very aligned with our laws to ensure that in future, once we sign the agreement, some of this content is not visible within the republic,” Wambua added.
The KFCB boss also advised parents to be at the forefront of sensitising their children through filtering content to limit access to unauthorised content.
Earlier this month, Egypt’s media regulator demanded that Netflix and other steaming services adhere to the county’s “societal values”, referring to programs featuring members of the LGBTQ community.