Kuwait moving to break up information ministry

August 26, 2010

Kuwait’s government is mulling breaking up its information ministry, a local newspaper has said.

“Both the government and the parliament are now convinced that the ministry should be dismantled after it has become overloaded with tasks,” a parliamentary source told Al Anba daily. “The ministry’s laws and regulations have failed to match the current information technology and the best option for the country is to break it up,” the unnamed source said.

An authority in charge of visual and audio media should be set up instead, the lawmakers and officials said.

According to the source, the government has approved the idea, but has requested further time to study the possibilities.

The ministry last year came under intense fire from thousands of Kuwaitis after a private television station aired a programme they deemed “highly offensive.”

Lawmakers called for the sacking of the minister and questioned the merits of his ministry.

Bahrain in July cancelled its information ministry, replacing it with a media authority. Qatar and the UAE had taken similar moves.





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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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