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.