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The president of the KFCB orders the withdrawal of license request letters sent to YouTubers

Kenya Film Classification Board chairman Njogu Njoroge came to the rescue of YouTube content creators and ordered the board to withdraw demand letters ordering them to acquire filming licenses or face legal action.

The letters were sent on Friday by interim CEO Paskal Opiyo, who gave creatives 14 days to acquire the licenses.

In a statement hours after the ultimatum, Njoroge said in a statement that he had ordered the board to withdraw the notices to pave the way for stakeholder participation.

“Our content creators must be supported at all times. They should be encouraged and supported 100 percent,” Njoroge said.

“We should train our youth on monetization and we are deliberate about it. I have directed the management to withdraw the notices and organize for an engagement with all stakeholders,” he added.

“We should be talking about thousands of opportunities, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs in digital media.”

Oga Obinna, Jacky Vike alias Awinja, Njugush, Abel Mutua, YY Comedian and Mulamwah confirmed through social media that they had received the email notices.

In the letters, Opiyo informs the content creators that they have always been operating in contravention of Article 4 of the Films and Plays Act by operating without a filming license.

“Our attention has been focused on his YouTube channel, where he has continuously uploaded audio-visual content for the purpose of exhibition and distribution to the public without acquiring the required filming licenses from the Kenya Film Classification Board,” it said.

“He further noted that Section 12 requires the KFCB to examine all classes of films that are distributed, exhibited or broadcast in Kenya and a certificate of approval be issued.

The acting chief executive said the board was acting within its mandate to regulate the creation, transmission, possession, distribution and exhibition of films and broadcast content in the country.

“Accordingly, we require that you strictly comply with the requirements of the Film and Plays Act by obtaining filming licenses for your films and submitting them for examination and classification before they are exhibited and distributed to the public through your YouTube channel,” the acting CEO said.

“Please note that unless you comply with the above within 14 days, we will initiate legal proceedings in accordance with the provisions of the Films and Plays Act and other relevant laws, without any further reference to you and at your own discretion. risk in terms of costs and other consequences that it entails,” he warned.

The warning sparked mixed reactions from creatives, with some comments appearing indifferent.

“KFCB, mnajua nacheka nini? Hello ni maajabu,” said Abel.

“KFCB says there’s a trend, I quickly record a clip on my phone to follow the trend, but I send it to you first so you can approve the two-minute “movie” instead of using YouTube’s own controls. Jameni boys, gagging ama ni hali ya kutafuta? Kama ukona YouTube channel unaona je?,” Njugush said.

Wololó. Sasa hii ni gani tena?? Hebu mniupdate jamani, mimi nimechanganyikiwa. Let me find my friend Ezekiel Mutua anichanue before the kinirambe,” Obinna interjected.

Awinja criticized the board for failing to seek stakeholder participation before issuing the ultimatum.

“Yani, at a time when there has been increased positive content creation, job creation and international recognition, KFCB mnafufuka,” he said on X.

“The fact that you didn’t even consider sitting down with the content creators, but went straight to bureaucrating us, says a lot about your intentions,” he added.

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