Embarrassing it is - both for the Kuwait Times newspaper and the many photography magazines around the world, BJP included, that relayed the information. Last week, the newspaper published an article claiming that the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance had banned the use of digital SLRs in public places such as streets and shopping malls.
According to the newspaper, the ban would have affected all amateur photographers, as well as most professional photographers - unless they used their DSLRs for journalism purposes.
However, in an unexpected reversal, Kuwait Times has published an erratum. "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 statement reads. "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."
It adds: "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."
Original article published on 23 November 2010:
Three Kuwaiti ministries have banned the use of digital SLRs in public places for purposes other than journalism, Kuwait Times reports.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance have banned the use of digital SLRs in public places such as streets and shopping malls, according to Kuwait Times, and as reported by Amateur Photographer magazine.
The ban, which comes after the Kuwaiti government introduces new stringent rules on communication, will affect all amateur photographers, as well as most professional photographers - unless they use their DSLRs for journalism purposes, says Kuwait Times.
Point-and-shoot cameras as well as camera phones can still be used, says the government.
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