Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) Chair Ezekiel Mutua has spoken candidly on the Kiambu murder case where a 22-year-old student admitted to killing four members of his family.
Lawrence Njoroge had confessed to the police that he drew his inspiration from a British dark comedy-drama, Killing Eve.
He stated that he was particularly influenced by Villanelle, a psychopathic character, who becomes an assassin for hire and goes on a brutal killing spree on all her victims.Relatives and residents of Karura village grief outside the home of a Kiambu family that was murdered.K24 Digital
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke Mutua revealed KFCB had already taken action taken against the series.
"Yes, the series has been restricted and is currently rated as not suitable to persons under the age of 18," Mutua stated.
Recently, the KFCB chair also took to social media to further point out the substantial effects that media has on the youth and children.
"When we say that content consumed by our kids has a bearing on our national security, this is exactly what we mean. Media content influences the behavior and the thinking of consumers, especially children.
"Kids who consume violent content have a likelihood of becoming violent adults," he stated.
Kenya joins Brazil in giving the highest age rating for the psychological thriller which is a hot sell in local movie shops and online streaming platforms.
Killing Eve has a PG rating of 14 in the United States of America owing to its strong violence, bloody images, strong sensuality, sexual material, brief drug content and explicit language.
Elsewhere in countries such as South Korea and Germany, the series has been received a rating of 16+.
This is not the first time that Mutua has stamped his authority over content deemed unfit for consumption by the viewers.
Over the years, Mutua has banned international hits Wolf of Wall Street and Fifty Shades of Grey over sexual content.
Local music is also not spared. Hits such as Wamlambez by Sailors Gang was restricted to clubs while a song by Alvindo dubbed Takataka was completely banned for citing violence against women who rejected men.KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua addressing a forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi on February 22, 2020drug violence murder assassin sex
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