Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua, has announced that ‘Tarimbo’ by Ethic will only be accessible to people who don’t use the restricted mode on YouTube, as well as Vitamin U’ by Timmy Tdat.
Restricted Mode (Safe Mode) is an optional setting on YouTube that helps screen out potentially mature content that one doesn’t wish to see.
Mr Mutua went on to say that the KFCB board was vigilant to ensure to that such kind of unpalatable content was not accessible to children.
He urged parents to be responsible adults and support campaigns meant to protect children from exposure to harmful content. He also to monitor what content kids watch during the holidays.
“We urge parents and responsible adults to support our campaigns to protect children from exposure to harmful content and to monitor what kids are watching during the holidays”. He said.
He also asked artistes to comply with the law and create content with substance and inspiring message as opposed to obscenity. “Content doesn't have to be dirty to sell. We can be creative without violating content classification guidelines as prescribed by KFCB and the Programming Code”. He added.
Mr Mutua revealed that the Board would support artistes willing to create meaningful content and deal accordingly with those who would break the law.
DCI should arrest Ethic Music Group
This comes a day after the CEO called for the immediate arrest of popular gengetone group, Ethic Entertainment after releasing ‘Tarimbo’ which advocates for rape and violence among women. He also revealed that he had talked to google to take down the 'damn crap’.
“The DCI should arrest the entire bunch of musicians called Ethic, under Article 33, for going beyond the prescribed delimitations on freedom of expression by advocating for violence against women” Read part of Ezekiel Mutua’s post.
Google has facilitated a mechanism to protect kids from such unpalatable content as long as the restriction mechanism is activated. The Board shall be vigilant to ensure this kind unpalatable content is not accessed by children.
Mr Mutua went ahead to say that the group were not artistes but demented circus thugs hiding behind art to promote indecency and immorality.
He asked DJ’s not to play such songs because no clubs should advocate for violence against women.
“Any self-respecting DJ should not play these songs. No club should allow music that advocates for violence against women.”
He urged Kenyans to rise against the wave of immorality to prevent losing a generation in the name of freedom. “No freedom is absolute. This time round we must draw the line!” He concluded.