The Kenya Films Classification Board (KFCB) on Thursday announced that it would take legal action against the new American series, 24 Legacy, for using a clip of the Westgate mall terror attack.
In a statement, KFCB boss Ezekiel Mutua condemned the broadcaster, Fox TV, demanding for an immediate pull down of the clip.
“The Board regards the movie as a repulsive, insensitive and reckless piece of art that heartlessly evokes the painful memories of the tragic terror attack. It flies in the face of basic consideration of human dignity, in total disregard of the feelings of the victims and their families.
“The Kenya Film Classification Board takes great exemption to this unfortunate and unprofessional video by 24 Legacy and demands that the airing of the video be suspended forthwith,” the presser read in part.
Mr Mutua noted that the Board would file a formal complaint adding that action would be taken in line with available local and international laws.
He highlighted that it was unfortunate for the American series to entertain its audience using a real disaster that caused pain in the lives of many Kenyans yet no single image of the September 11 attack in the US had never been aired.
The 4th episode of 24 Legacy angered many Kenyans, who spotted a short clip of the September 21, 2013, terrorist attack on the Westgate mall. According to the movie’s storyline, the attack happened in Alexandria, Egypt.
Meanwhile, Fox has since apologised to Kenyans for using the actual Westgate footage in the hit series.
“In episode 4 of 24: Legacy we regretfully included news footage of an attack in Nairobi. It will be removed from all future broadcasts and versions of the show. We apologise for any pain caused to the victims and their families and are deeply sorry,” Quartz Media (QZ) quoted a statement from the show’s executive producers Evan Katz and Manny Coto.
Here is the statement from KFCB:
Clip by 24 Legacy on Westgate terror attack an insult to Kenya, insensitive and unprofessional. Fox TV surely, WHY?