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Silencing Freedom or Protecting Women? Why Kenya Banned Fifty Shades of Gray

All Africa   in  ·
February 23, 2015

The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya, Article 19 says.

The recent ban of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, by the Kenya Film Classification Board ostensibly on obscenity grounds has angered and dismayed many Kenyan film enthusiasts. This is the fifth film to be banned in Kenya in the recent past, and is deeply worrying considering it comes just after the recently enacted Security Laws (Amendment) Act, which also introduced broad and vague grounds for the banning of photographs and broadcasts.

“The continued banning of certain films in Kenya without making known detailed reasons for such censorship is a big blow to artistic expression and a clear violation of artistic freedom guaranteed by the constitution of Kenya,” said Henry Maina, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa.

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