Kenyans will soon need a license to post videos online

Posted on May 29, 2018

Kenyans will soon need a license to post videos online

A new law is set to come into effect from May 28th, 2018 inKenyaregarding the publishing and broadcasting of any videos for public consumption. Specifically, theKenya Film and Classification Board(KFCB) states that, according to the law, anyone in Kenya broadcasting any videos for public viewing (including on social media and the Internet) will be required to have a filming license. Those who fail to register for a filming license with the KFCB face imprisonment or a fine.

Speaking to themedia, Ezekiel Mutua, CEO at KFCB, emphasized that the regulation applies to any video, including those recorded using mobile phones, as long as it is meant for public exhibition. Mutua further explained that public exhibition includes publishing the videos on social media and the internet. KFCB have given those looking to continue publishing videos for “public exhibition” until May 28th, 2018 to register for a license.

Failure to register will carry a maximum fine of KSh 100,000 ($1,000) or a maximum prison sentence of five years. Many Kenyans have criticized this regulation and some have stated it amounts to censorship considering how the general public will not necessarily be interested in getting a filming license. The punishment, likewise, is also harsh.

However, it will be near impossible for the KFCB to enforce and monitor this in a scalable way.