Kuwait Bans DSLR Cameras (Update: No They Don't)

Hellbent on banning something after RIM acquiesced to various Arabian nations' BlackBerry threats, Kuwait is believed to have banned the public from using DSLR cameras in public. Members of the press are still allowed to use them, apparently.


According to the Kuwait Times, the ban was processed by the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance. There's been no word as to why they've chosen to ban the larger cameras, with compacts and cameraphones still being allowed, supposedly. The ban will affect tourists, too—so if you've got an upcoming holiday or business trip to Kuwait planned, I'd suggest leaving that Canon or Nikon behind just in case they start confiscating them. [Kuwait Times via Thinq]

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Update: The Kuwait Times—source for the original story—have issued a retraction:

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.


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