The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Thursday banned seven cartoon programmes that they consider immoral and to be promoting homosexuality among children.
The banned programs include Loud House, the Legend of the Korra and Hey Arnold, which are animation shows available on Nickelodeon (DSTV). Others are Clarance, Steven Universe and Adventure Time, all available on Cartoon Network.
"Following investigations occasioned by complaints from members of the public KFCB has banned several cartoon programs on DSTV that were laced with subtle messages normalizes, glamorizing or even glorifying homosexual behavior contrary to the law and the Board's Classification Guidelines," a statement from KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua read in part.
The CEO noted that KFCB had written to MultiChoice Limited, the owners of DSTV, to "cease with immediate effect the airing of such obnoxious and inappropriate material that targets children and seeks to impair their moral judgment on the institution of family".
Mutua explained that the Board had instructed its lawyers to take appropriate legal action against MultiChoice for the blatant breach of the law.
"While adults are free to express themselves in line with the law, the Government has a duty to protect minors and children of impressionable minds from exposure to inappropriate content that run counter to our cultural values.
"Article 11 of our Constitution recognises culture as the foundation of the nation and the cumulative civilisation of the Kenyan people," Mutua stated.
KFCB concluded by urging parents to monitor the programs they subscribe to especially children programmes and inform the Board of any unpalatable content.
"As the Board pursues measures to ensure children are protected from harmful content, we urge parents to be more vigilant in monitoring the content their children are watching on Television," KFCB stated.
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