The Kenya Film Classification Board has embarked on a countrywide crackdown on Public Service Vehicles ( PSVs) who double up as film exhibitors and whose exhibition licenses have expired, this is according to the KFCB chairman Dr. Ezekiel Mutua.
The move is meant to protect members of the public particularly children from exposure to harmful content.
“Many vehicles have since complied with our regulations and either pulled down the screens in their vehicles or applied our classification guidelines to ensure that the content exhibited is suitable for family viewing or listening”, Dr Ezekiel Mutua.
The crackdown Is also aimed at recruiting clean content campaigns in the public transport sector.
PSVs that comply with the new regulations will be awarded and named brand ambassadors for clean content.
Dr. Ezekiel Mutua has stated that, “We have identified PSVs operators who will be our Goodwill Ambassadors in the campaign to restore sanity in the matatu sector”.
Mr. Mutua has urged the traffic police to demand to be served with screening permits by the Saccos and drivers of PSVs to enforce compliance with the Films and Stage Plays Act CAP 222 of the laws of Kenya.
Those who want to screen content must obtain a licence from the board and the content rated by The Kenya Films Classification Board.
The appropriate rating for public exhibition in PSVs is General Exhibition (GE) and the content must be suitable for family viewing or listening as the Board is committed to bring sanity in the public service transport sector and ensure children are not exposed to inappropriate content.