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Three Kuwait Ministries ban DSLR cameras in public

Ministries rule DSLR cameras should only be used for journalism

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.

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.

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