August 23rd 2017

Media / Watchdog

Citizen TV's '10/10' show promoting immorality, says Ezekiel Mutua

"Of even greater concern is the fact that some artists and performers who call themselves Christians feature in this show. We are losing it as a society and it will take a great measure of responsibility on all of us to restore sanity in our nation," said Mr Mutua.

By Free Press Reporternewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 08 Jan 2017 18:21 EAT

Citizen TV host Willis Raburu with some of his guests at a recent 10/10 show.

The Kenya Film Classification Board boss Ezekiel Mutua says his institution has no power to regulate a popular late night programme on Citizen TV where young people dance and exchange social memes. The programme called 10/10 comes up every Friday night from 10pm, and it is hosted by Willis Raburu, one of the television group's top anchors.

Not having power over the show does not take away Mr Mutua's liberty to give his personal opinion on the content aired there, and the director said "the program does not promote moral values and is an afront to decency and morality. It's a reckless attempt by the said media house to pander to emotions and youthful perversions to capture an audience."

Mr Mutua also questioned the moral sense of parents whose children appear on the show. "What beats me is how a responsible parent would encourage their kids to participate in this scatalogical obscenity. Citizen studios are not easily accessible by public transport and I do not believe the media house provides transport for the youths to go there. It means some adults fund and facilitate their kids to attend these sinful orgies that defy journalistic ethics," he said in a social media statement, whose full text is below:

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I have in the past few weeks received complaints regarding a program called 10/10 that runs on Citizen TV on Friday night. I am informed that the show has become notorious for using teenagers in wild performances that are perceived to be inappropriate and obscene. Members of the public have expressed complaints on social media directed to my office regarding the unsuitability of the program.

We have also received complaints at the KFCB offices with many parents asking us to take action. I wish to clarify that the mandate of the Board is restricted to the watershed period which in Kenya is 5am - 10pm. This program comes outside the watershed period and therefore, inappropriate as it may be, it does not breach our content regulations.

However, having watched some snippets of it, I must say that this program does not promote moral values and is an afront to decency and morality. It's a reckless attempt by the said media house to pander to emotions and youthful perversions to capture an audience. What beats me is how a responsible parent would encourage their kids to participate in this scatalogical obscenity. Citizen studios are not easily accessible by public transport and I do not believe the media house provides transport for the youths to go there. It means some adults fund and facilitate their kids to attend these sinful orgies that defy journalistic ethics.

Of even greater concern is the fact that some artists and performers who call themselves Christians feature in this show. We are losing it as a society and it will take a great measure of responsibility on all of us to restore sanity in our nation. The media will continue to do these crazy things as long as we keep cheering them on. After all the primary objective of most of these media houses is money. They have traded moral values for profits and whatever sells is what they will air no matter how immoral, obscene or inappropriate. PARENTS MUST PICK THE REMOTE AND SWITCH OFF THE TV WHEN THAT NONSENSE COMES UP!

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