Kuwait cracks down on immoral Web browsing

Kuwait's Ministry of Communication has insisted that all internet service providers in the Emirate develop content monitoring processes within the next two months.

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By  Rob Corder Published  August 16, 2001

Kuwait’s unrestricted access to the Internet is about to be overhauled. The Emirate, which until now has resisted installing content-blocking proxy servers, will make filtering of “materials that are against Islamic Sharia principles” mandatory for Kuwait’s ISPs, according to Hamad Khajah, undersecretary of the Ministry of Communication.

Khajah told Kuwait News Agency that ISPs have two months to put content monitoring processes in place, or face stiff penalties. Those penalties could include licenses to operate being revoked, he warned.

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