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 the options I considered after getting into enough trouble,” Al-Fodiry said.
A third Kuwait photographer Majed Al-Saqer tols 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.
A few days later after Kuwait Times had published the above story and international media picked it up, Kuwait Times printed a retraction and issued an apology. read below the story (part II).
No Kuwait ban on DSLRs says paper
Kuwait Times says Ministries never issued law prohibiting use o the cameras by the public
Kuwait Ministries have not banned DSLR cameras in the region, according to a retraction printed by the Kuwait Times.
The newspaper issued an apology after their story, released on November 20, was proven false. Further investigations by the Kuwait Times revealed that the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance never prohibited the use of DSLR cameras by the general public. The newspapers story claimed that amateur photographers were finding it hard to take photographs in public and some were switching to doing abstract and still life photography rather than taking photographs of people in public.