Kuwait reportedly bans digital SLRs for non-journalists use

The Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and Ministry of Finance recently came to the conclusion that photography should be used for journalism purposes only. This has resulted in the ban of Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs) in public, on the streets and in malls.

The Kuwait Times reported the Kuwait government has banned the use of digital single lens reflex cameras in public except for journalists.

The Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs, and Ministry of Finance recently came to the conclusion that photography should be used for journalism purposes only. This has resulted in the ban of Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras (DSLRs) in public, on the streets and in malls.

It’s unclear how this ban will be enforced. It’s doubtful a local Kuwaiti cop can discern the difference between a DSLR and a film SLR. What about rangefinders or consumer point and shoots with the same capabilities as DSLRs? Clearly, there was not a lot of thought put in to this ban.