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de-streamed in Kuwait

Posted by adiamondinsunlight on April 25, 2007

Kuwait popped into my life again today, much to my surprise.

While looking into news of a recent censorship issue on Kuwait One, I came across the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information website.

I clicked through to it, expecting to find contact information for Ministry personnel and perhaps some additional information on the story I was following.

Instead, I saw a bit box running across the lower half of the page, with the text:

تم إيقاف خدمة بث قنوات الإذاعة والتلفزيون

على الإنترنت

حتى إشعار أخر

 

Audio & Video Streaming is stopped

until further notice

Is this true? Is it no longer possible to stream radio and television content over the internet in Kuwait?

Ohhh, these small Gulf countries and their large autocratic aspirations.

5 Responses to “de-streamed in Kuwait”

  1. intlxpatr said

    They CLOSED the Virgin Bookstore last night for violations – selling CD’s and movies without the Ministry of Information/Interior stamp of approval! Closed! The big one in Marina Mall! And they closed it on Thursday NIGHT, the busiest night of the week at MM

  2. intlxpatr said

    I just tried streaming KUOW and it works just fine. They are probably trying to stop the torrenting of TV and movies – but Kuwait is so tech heavy with people who can do the work arounds that it won’t matter a lot, insh’allah.

  3. I wondered what was going on with the Virgin Megastore – my stats page showed a number of people coming to my site with searches like “Virgin Megastore Kuwait ban”.

    Curious, I googled the same terms yesterday and found nothing – but today’s Kuwait Times article is now online. Very interesting, although with an unfortunate quote from inspector Hussein that suggests that magazines and cds, in general, are banned in Kuwait, rather than particular magazines and cds:

    (http://www.kuwaittimes.net/read_news.php?newsid=ODY1NDI4MDM4)

    Virgin Megastore shut down by Information Ministry

    Published Date: April 29, 2007
    By Nawara Fattahova, Staff writer

    KUWAIT: The Virgin Megastore at Marina Mall in Salmiya was shut down late Thursday evening by inspectors from the Ministry of Information. Fistfights also broke out between teenagers gathered around the store to witness its closure. Officials charged that “it is not only the small stores that do not respect the ministry’s rules and regulations, but even big, renowned stores are resorting to breaking and openly flouting the laws”. The inspectors pasted red stickers of the ministry stating that it cannot be reopened unless approved by the Ministry of Information on all entrances and exits of the store.

    Along with the stickers, a copy of the resolution detailing the reasons for closing down the store was also pasted on one of the showroom’s windows. People surrounded the place from 9:30 pm till about 11:00 pm, until after the inspectors left. Curious onlookers were heard asking the inspectors the reasons for the closure of the store and for how long would it be closed. Unsavoury rumours were also beginning to circulate over why the store was shuttered.

    Hussein, one of the inspectors, explained that the reason for the closure was due to the store breaching the regulations of the Ministry of Information and not cooperating with them. “They keep selling banned items like magazines and CDs here,” he said. He added that they were given several warnings and reminders in the past, but they went unheeded. “We are here to enforce the law, as it must be applied on all,” he told the Kuwait Times.

    The period of the closure is still not known yet. “We are not sure till when the store would be closed. They will definitely have to pay fines and all illegal items they were selling will be confiscated. They have to communicate with us, even though they are an internationally renowned store. Everybody must respect the rules,” Hussein asserted.

    On why did they chose Thursday night for the closure, although it is a government holiday, and whether they did it on purpose to attract the attention of the large number of people who were present, the inspector smiled broadly but was noncommittal.

    UPDATE:

    As for Saturday night, the Virgin store remained closed. Officials from the company refused to comment.

  4. […] and Video Streaming Stopped? My neice, Little Diamond, checking on Kuwaiti Censorship went to the Ministry on Information where she found this […]

  5. sknkwrkz said

    hopefully its just on their website.

    youtube seems to be working still for me,….

    but its jus a matter of time i reckon, especially since thailands already banned youtube and quite a few countries have scrammbled the torrent protocols.

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