KSB’s Statement on Links to Father Kizito’s Nude Photos
Nude photos linked at KSB depicting father Kizito sexually assaulting a young Kenyan male has precipitated an unprecedented crisis at the blog site, forcing the “Top Clicks” link to be temporarily brought down to allow for consultations.
The links were made available at KSB following an avalanche of visitors who were seeking for the pictures after landing at KSB from other search engines. The search for the Father Kizito photos was triggered by a breaking news item in Kenya to the effect that Father Kizito had, for the second time, been arrested on sexual assault charges.
On Thursday, May 26th 2011, 800 curious visitors landed at the father Kizito link at KSB while the blog’s email address has been clogged with hundreds of enquiries about a video footage in which Father Kizito is seen sexually assaulting a young Kenyan dude. The video was pulled down from Youtube by Youtube authorities soon after it was posted at the site by an anonymous Kenyan. The video clip was as graphic as it could get and the photos that were being sought at KSB by readers were snap shots from the video clip. The video existed at Youtube for just 20 minutes before it was pulled down.
This week, Father Kizito was arrested in Kenya on suspicion of sexual assault of a Kenyan and the sudden interest in the nude photos at KSB was driven by the fact that there has been no evidence (especially in the Internet) about Father Kizito’s alleged sexual assaults of young Kenyan citizens. The Father Kizito KSB link therefore provided the only photographic evidence about the priest’s illegal sexual escapades with his young Kenyan victims.
The “Top Clicks” link at KSB was temporarily pulled down to allow for consultations with KSB’s lawyers and Board members. Although there is no law being broken by KSB in making the links available to readers, the biggest problem is that the “Top Clicks” link related to Father Kizito provides direct access to material that can legally be classified as “pornographic”. Given the fact that KSB’s audience comprises of readers of diverse age groups, informed opinion considered it appropriate that readers in certain age brackets be protected from direct access to potentially pornographic material of the Father Kizito type.
Although links to the photos still exists at KSB, there is a warning that the published links leads to adult material. At the “Top Clicks” link, there is no warning. As a matter of policy, KSB does not expose readers to pornographic or potentially pornographic material. However, the case of Father Kizito has been unique.
On the one hand, there is a sexual assault charge against Father Kizito while on the other, there is the position that there is so far no evidence that Father Kizito has been involved in any sexual assault of any Kenyan.
Since KSB has been in the know about the existence of the Father Kizito photos, it is the position of the Management that in as much as the availability of the Kizito photos link “promotes pornography”, it is important that the world’s attention is drawn to the hard fact that Father Kizito is a sexual molester. There is no way of underlining this point without providing access to these photos and we hope that readers will agree.
Under the circumstances, KSB’s Management believes that links to the photos should continue to be made available at the blog site. Likewise, the “Top Clicks” link will also be restored as soon as possible following this clarification.
We regret any inconveniences that may be caused to the “little ones” or their minders as a result of the availability of the links but for the sake of truth, it is the view of KSB that links to the photos be made available in the face of suppression of hard evidence that clearly demonstrates Father Kizito’s sexual exploitation of young Kenyan citizens.
KSB cannot influence the outcome of the court case but we can help in getting the truth out. This will go a long way in shaming the forces that are trying to protect Father Kizito by freeing him from sexual assault charges or portraying him as an innocent soul being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting Kenyans. This Statement has been released out of the conviction that we owe our readers an explanation following the publication of links to Father Kizito’s nude photos. We welcome any comments or discussions around the subject.