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Tanzania: Actress charged, banned from film industry over ‘explicit’ images

7 November 2018
Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu has been banned from acting and charged with posting sexually explicit content after sharing images on social media.
Photo: Wema Sepetu / Instagram

 

Tanzanian actress Wema Sepetu has been banned from acting and charged with posting sexually explicit content after images of her and her boyfriend went viral on social media, Nairboi News reported on 2 November 2018.

“The film board, as mandated by law, has decided to take the following action against Wema Sepetu: to lock her out of the acting and arts industry for an unknown period of time until the day the film board will be satisfied that she has corrected her behaviour. The film board will closely monitor her,” Joyce Fissoo of the Tanzanian Film Board told Tuko.

Sepetu has “gone against the country’s national values and brought shame to it”, she said.

On 17 October, the former Miss Tanzania shared a photo of herself and her “future husband” on Instagram. A video of the couple kissing in bed was then reportedly leaked to her four million followers, with Pulse Live Kenya saying her Instagram account had been hacked at the time.

Sepetu issued a public apology and asked for forgiveness.

“Many people engage in intimacy, but it becomes improper when recordings of such private sessions are made available to the public,” Sepetu said at a press conference on 25 October, according to eDaily.

“It doesn’t paint a good picture at all, and I know it is an act that brings shame to the people involved in it. What I did was beyond embarrassing. It should be highly condemned, and I was completely wrong in engaging in it. I am sorry to those who were offended by the stupid thing that I did,” she said. 

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According to Pulse Live, anybody who violates Tanzania’s online content law is automatically given a six-month ban, barring them from using social media or participating in any works related to music or film.

And on 26 October, the TCRA banned Sepetu from taking part in any film-related activities until she changes her behaviour.

On 1 November, the actress was arraigned at the Kisutu Magistrate Court in Dar es Salaam to answer charges of posting sexually explicit content on social media.

She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on a TSh 10 million bond (about 3,800 euros). The matter is due to return to court on 20 November, according to Nairobi News.

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