British Government investigates Kuwait DSLR ’ban’

The Foreign Office has launched an investigation following media reports that use of cameras with detachable lenses has been outlawed in Kuwait.

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The Foreign Office has launched an investigation following media reports that use of cameras with detachable lenses has been outlawed in Kuwait.

Earlier this week the Kuwait Times reported that the country's Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance deemed photography should be used for 'journalism purposes only'.

The newspaper suggested that use of digital SLR cameras (DSLRs) in public by non-journalists has been banned.

It added: ‘What often happens is that a big black camera tends to worry people.

‘Taking a picture of a stranger would seem much less of an issue if you were using a more discreet camera or even a cell phone.’

A spokeswoman for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) told Amateur Photographer it is conducting an ‘investigation’ into the claims and will report back in due course.

However, the FCO spokeswoman said that, for the time being, advice to travellers from the UK remains the same.

Current FCO advice for travellers states: ‘Photography near government, military and industrial sites, particularly oil fields, is forbidden.’

The Kuwait Embassy in London has yet to respond to our request for comment.

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