Atwoli speaks on Bill seeking to criminalize pornography

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli has urged Kenyans to support a Bill seeking to criminalize pornography.

According to the proposed pornography bill, anybody in possession, publishing or sharing of pornographic material on the internet will risk a court fine of Ksh. 20 million or be jailed for a period of 25 years or both if the Bill is approved.

“The proposed law, as captured by our local dailies, seeks to amend the Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes Act to introduce harsh penalties for any violation of the same. Foremost, it must be noted that this is an issue of public health concern and not freedom of speech and or access to information as provided in the Bill of Rights in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya because the production and promotion of pornographic materials have an impact on not just the social well-being of the youth, workers and society at large but also sexual health,” COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli said in a statement.

Atwoli said that the bill will promote and ensure that workers demonstrate good ethical behavior at their place of work.

 “Finally, and because we should, at all times, be concerned about the future generation, this censorship will go a long way in protecting our children who are currently being exposed to pornographic content whilst on the internet. Over and above this, the Bill will address the now common menace among our children that has been escalated by pedophiles,” Atwoli added.

He further added that the Bill will ensure safety to workers, urging members of parliament to support it.

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