Film Boss Attacked for Facebook Message on CORD Protests

Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) CEO Ezekiel Mutua has once again been attacked following a message he posted on Facebook regarding demonstrations against the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission by the Opposition.

In the post, Mutua urged the Kenyan Media to give the CORD protests a total blackout following the violence witnessed on Monday.

“The media should give a black out to the primitive anti-IEBC demonstrations. Kenyans are being inconvenienced weekly because of the violent demos. Property is destroyed, businesses looted, motorists stoned, people injured and even death. This is unacceptable." 

"This is my appeal to the media. If you must do it, then we probably need to sit with the media owners to see if we can take the news to 10pm," Mutua said.

His sentiment's, however, were not welcomed by many as the film boss was bashed for 'overstepping' his mandate as the film's body boss.

A section of his critics found it absurd to propose a media blackout to demonstrations by the opposition in a multiparty democracy country. Nonetheless, some users supported his proposal arguing that the protests were inciting violence in the country.

Over the last few weeks, Mutua has been blasted for getting involved in issues that did not concern him and turning himself into “a moral police” after banning billboards and broadcast advertisements with strong sexual, alcohol, gambling and violence appeal.

His board also ordered a blackout on advertisements that justified and glamorise homosexuality, promiscuity, juvenile delinquency, drug abuse and portray the acts as normal or mainstream lifestyles.

Here are some of the reactions: 

@EzekielMutua the statement is unconstitutional, court papers are ready to declare you unfit to hold a public office

— Apollo Mboya, HSC (@MboyaApollo) May 21, 2016

Ahem, is @EzekielMutua now looking to police the news too?

— coldtusker (@coldtusker) May 21, 2016 We should be worried when @EzekielMutua and GoK subvert law to ensure theirs is the only story that can be told.

— gathara (@gathara) May 21, 2016

Oya @EzekielMutua Kenya is bigger than your tiny intellect imagining you can erode gains Kenyans fought for. Wake up cc @gathara

— Rein (@Asamoh_) May 21, 2016



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