Kenya slaps filmmakers and video bloggers with $280 license fee to operate

Nduta Waweru May 22, 2018 at 07:07am

May 22, 2018 at 07:07 am | News

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

May 22, 2018 at 07:07 am | News

Ezekiel Mutua. Photo: Radio Maisha/Twitter

Kenya filmmakers must pay a $280 license fee yearly to produce a film or face a penalty of $100 or spend five years in jail.

The license also affects video bloggers who want to post videos on any social media platform for public consumption.

In a public notice by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB), these fees are broken down into various categories.

The KFCB boss, Ezekiel Mutua who was speaking at a local radio station, said that the license was a way to ensure that national security is not compromised through illegal filming activities and to provide the government with much-needed revenue.

Filmmakers will need to apply for a written approval from the Board’s CEO if they want to be exempted from the licences.

“Exemptions must be with a written approval of the Chief Executive Officer of the Board and is only granted following justifiable request and advisory from the film monitoring department,” he tweeted.

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