KFCB revokes demand letters issued to popular YouTubers after uproar

Colleta Ochieng
Colleta Ochieng

Kenya Film Classification Board chairperson Njogu Njoroge has intervened and pledged to support YouTube content creators after a backlash from the industry and fans alike after the board issued licensing demands.

Njoroge directed the board to withdraw the demand letters issued to the creatives.

The letters, sent on Friday by acting chief executive officer Paskal Opiyo, had given the content creators 14 days to obtain the licenses or face legal action.

Abel Mutua, Njugush, & Oga Obinna

In a statement issued shortly after the ultimatum, Njoroge said he instructed the board to recall the notices to facilitate stakeholder engagement.

Our content creators should be supported all the way. They should be encouraged and supported 100 per cent,” Njoroge stated.

We should be training our youth on monetisation, and we are deliberate on that matter. I have directed the management to withdraw the notices and organise for an engagement with all the stakeholders,” he added.

We should be talking about thousands of opportunities, if not hundreds of thousands of jobs in the digital media.”

Oga Obinna, Jacky Vike (alias Awinja), Njugush, Abel Mutua, YY Comedian, and Mulamwah confirmed via social media that they had received the notices via email.

In the letters, Opiyo informed the content creators that they had been operating in violation of Section 4 of the Films and Stage Plays Act by not having a filming license, and gave them a 14-day ultimatum to comply or face legal action.

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