The news of Kuwait banning DSLR camera’s was taken by shock worldwide. Both Engadget and Gizmodo posted about this new ban that no one seems to understand why it was imposed. Although I find it strange that the entire world wide web is pointing at only one source, Kuwait Times. It is no surprise they got at least one million hits the past few days alone.
What makes things even worse, journalists and the media in general are still allowed to use DSLR camera’s. Most smartphones today have filters that apply a DSLR effect anyway. Is it because DSLRs became a local trend in which every amateur nonprofessional photographer bought one? The only other time something about Kuwait reached this far was when Kuwait was considering banning the BlackBerry service.
Update: Kuwait Times retracted the article, it was fake. Nothing more than very bad publicity for Kuwait. I hope they get fined in millions for damages.
“On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled ‘Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists’ in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused.”