Kuwaitis warned against public wish banners

August 1, 2010

Kuwaiti authorities have warned that they would apply a zero-tolerance policy towards people who put up banners to express good wishes for Ramadan.

Kuwaiti nationals have been offering wishes to friends and relatives through large signs and banners in public areas and on lamp and traffic light posts.

Ramadan, Muslims’ holy month, is expected to start in ten days, based on the lunar calendar.

However, Kuwaiti municipality on Sunday said that such a practice would not be tolerated this year unless people received proper approval and that violators would face legal action.

“We will remove all signs, boards and banners that do not comply with the regulations,” Ahmad Al Subaih, Kuwait municipality general director, said. “We will fully apply the law that does not allow anyone to use up public areas. It is not limited to elections campaigns, but also covers all occasions such as wishes and congratulations on weddings and good wishes,” he told Kuwait News Agency.

He attributed the ban on banners and posters not regulated by the municipality to their negative effects on car traffic, general look of the city and the defacing of sidewalks.

“We will promptly remove such banners and boards and will take action against those who challenge the law,” Al Subaih said.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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