Three Kuwait Ministries ban DSLR cameras in public

Ministries rule DSLR cameras should only be used for journalism

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Three Kuwait Ministries ban DSLR cameras in public Three Kuwait Ministries have banned the use of DSLR cameras, such as this Canon EOS 60D, in public, except for the purpose of journalism.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 23, 2010

According to the Kuwait Times, three Kuwaiti ministries have now banned the use of Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs) in public, leaving Kuwaiti camera owners at a loss as what they should do with their equipment.

The Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance have decided that photography should be used exclusively for journalism, according to the online news site. The cameras are now banned in malls, on streets and anywhere in public.

The Kuwait Times interviewed a local hobby photographer, Mohammed Al-Eisa, who told the publication that he has decided to take photos of animals or still life as they don't mind getting their pictures taken in public and don't cause a scene.

"I started facing problems the very first day I bought my camera," the Kuwait Times quoted Al-Eisa as saying.

Another local Kuwait photographer, Mariam Al-Fodiry, has had similar issues, but because she is female, faces even more backlash, according to the Kuwait Times.

"Switching to abstract and landscape photography was one of the options I considered after getting into enough trouble," Al-Fodiry said.

A third Kuwait photographer Majed Al-Saqer told the Kuwait Times that sometimes people stop him while he is in his car with his camera, as if he were planning to murder someone with it.

Al Saqer said he is not sure what the real problem is, whether it is people taking photos of each other or the size of the camera.

3124 days ago

The news about the DSLR photography ban in Kuwait turned out to be incorrect.

Kuwait Times retracted the news:

Please write an update accordingly.

3124 days ago
Ken Burson

Completely confused by this. For a country that always seeks to improve its status compared to the other GCC countries, one would think they would promote artistic photography of Kuwait, even by sanctioning photo contests. On top of which, no guidelines ( that I can find ) have been released other than that DSLR cameras have been banned from public use INSIDE of Kuwait. Suppose someone departs from Kuwait on holiday to go to Paris for example. When they return to Kuwait International Airport does the camera get confiscated? After all, any type of alcohol is also banned and confiscated if discovered in your luggage.
Certainly, having bans on photography in areas that are considered sensitive in nature is only prudent. However, placing a country-wide ban ( especially without any reason or information regarding penalties ) seems ridiculous and short sighted given Kuwait's other issues that should take priority.

3127 days ago
Abdul Hafeedh

That is just ridiculous!
Nearly all the cases of abuse or invasion by photography has been done using cellphones.
It goes to show that even those in positions of leadership have very little common sense.

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