Just a few days ago, the State Corporation Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) was under fire for banning locally made film Rafiki that immediately hit international stage in France. Now the board is in muddy waters again for going against the grain and imposing despotic laws on the still struggling creatives industry.
Dr. Ezekiel Mutual the self-appointed moral police chief who is at the helm of KFCB as the chairperson today championed the new laws that have been gazetted on digital content and film in general.
The law seeks to nip by the bud filmmakers operating without legal licenses. That can be understood by the people in the industry and they always comply. But what is lacking in the Gazette notice is the law that requires Youtubers and Vloggers to be paying an exorbitant amount up to Ksh12,000 annually just to have content on YouTube.
Filmmakers whether local or international will pay 12,000 for registration and licenses, 5000 for weekly upload, 1000 for the days you film and forced to share the videos with KFCB for approval. A fine of 100,000 will be imposed if found Vlogging with a license.
Check out some of the reactions from the players in the industry:
Here's a BREAKDOWN OF KFCB YouTube Fees.
Vloggers/Kenyan YouTubers are expected to..
1. Pay an Annual Fee of 12,000 kshs for Registering and licensing film agents, local and international filmmakers.
2. Pay 5,000 kshs License Every week you Upload a Video on Youtube.
— Tara Kay (@kaykanyi) May 22, 2018
— WANGECHI (@wangechikenya) May 22, 2018
When you're a Kenyan artist you learn quickly that the wind is almost always against you and very rarely with you. It is incredibly sad and disappointing that KFCB is even suggesting these ludicrous fees when most creatives are bootstrapping to get their ideas heard and seen. https://t.co/2p5deqX1I6
— Blinky Bill (@HeyHeyBlinky) May 22, 2018
The state is slowly muzzling the creative industry with such laws yet not investing a dime in making sure the Films and Creative industry thrives and can compete with other nations. The board is hell bent in maintaining archaic thinking in the new devolved world and must be stopped at all costs.
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