Kuwait issues ban against DLSR cameras

By on November 22, 2010
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The Ministry says photography only for journalism.


If we had a bizarre news section of the day, this news would fit right in. Kuwait’s Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance have decided that big black cameras make people awkward, and has issued a ban on DLSR cameras in the country. No, don’t read it again, you read it right the first time.

The government has banned people from using DSLR cameras in public, streets and in the malls, because due to the natural large size of such cameras, it apparently makes people intimidated and causes discomfort. This of course does not apply to journalist, thankfully.

Naturally, the ban has caused frustration among local photographers who, like Mohammad Al-Eisa, have now taken to animal or still life photography as they don’t have any privacy concerns. “I started facing problems the very first day I bought my camera,” Mohammed added.

Source: KuwaitTimes.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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  • Nikonfan

    Wow , did they realize that fast racing cars or large trucks cutting in on the road also make ppl uncomfortable!!! Ban them too? Oh wait that dies not make sense, cameras are ok!!! (note all sarcasm)

    Just because some thing makes people uncomfortable you take away the freedom of the rest of the people????

    This is sad, how can the government call themselves progressive when such decisions are being made?

    • http://twitter.com/kutchaia kutch

      How about this, Ban as well the Mobile Phones, BB, and any means of camera and use Morse Code and Telegraph for communication…

  • http://twitter.com/kutchaia kutch

    I condemn Kuwait for this act!!!! They are really so Stupid Country….

  • Mana

    Why not ban the big belly woman and men in Kuwait.

  • http://deepfriedpancakes.tumblr.com RIDDL3R

    Ah yes, classic arab thinking. Cant find the needle in a haystack, so just set it on fire.

    This happens all the time. I remember a few months ago, parks were closed for public in Sharjah in the mornings because of complaints that the gardeners were staring at women.

  • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

    There’s gotta be something more sinister at work that what seems from the face of it guys. Just saying that sometimes, you have to read between the lines.

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