It has been almost 48 hours since the Commutations Authority took action against Mount Kenya TV, and invoked Ezekiel Mutua’s board’s name while doing so. Despite this, save for a short online post yesterday, the usually vocal moral cop has been missing in action.
Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has never been one to shy away from the eye of a storm, and would, ordinarily, by this time, grace cameras and TV screens, justifying why the shut down was necessary.
However, this time round he appears to have kept a safe distance from the entire ordeal.
The CA charged that Mt Kenya TV aired content that has not been classified or rated by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) and had not acquired the requisite intellectual property rights from the Kenya Copyright Board (Kecobo) for the content.
The station, which was summoned by the authority three days after airing the programme, acknowledged that it was aired during watershed hours and attributed it to a content mix-up in the control room.
However, the station failed to tell the regulator how the explicit content had ended up in the content server.
The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) suspended the licence of vernacular station Mt Kenya TV for four weeks for airing inappropriate content last week.
The CA said that the television station had aired adult content during the watershed period in the programme “Mucii wa Ciana” that aired on the afternoon of April 19, which exposed children to harmful content, especially at a time they are at home on holiday.
The programme featured an animated movie titled “Free Jimmy”, which the communications regulator said contained sexually explicit content and scenes of drug abuse and violence which breached the Programming Code and ICT laws.