SA Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia

Our friends at Mambaonline have followed up on an earlier report and now note a disturbing turn as the South African Film & Publications Board refuses to condemn Kenyan homophobia. South Africa’s Film and Publications Board (FPB) told Mambaonline that it will not condemn its Kenyan counterpart’s persecution of LGBT people.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 11.48.09 AMEarlier this month, we followed the Mambaonline story reporting that the FPB had signed an agreement with the homophobic Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) to collaborate in censoring content, specifically online material:

The KFCB has a history of targeting LGBT people and recently banned a music video calling for LGBT equality, titled Same Love. The board also previously banned an LGBT-themed Kenyan film that’s been screened around the world to much acclaim.

The board falsely claimed that these works contained pornography and proclaimed that they were “promoting homosexuality”.

The Chief Executive Officer of KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua, has personally lashed out at the LGBT community, warning that “Kenya must not allow people to become the Sodom and Gomorrah through psychological drive from such content”.

Mambaonline asked the FPB why it was cooperating with an entity that is guilty of human rights violations and uses its power to support the state’s abuse of LGBT Kenyans.  READ MORE

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