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Kuwait refers TV channel to prosecutor for violating e-media law

Media law obliges service providers to obtain a licence from the government before operating online

Kuwait refers TV channel to prosecutor for violating e-media law

Kuwait’s Ministry of Information has referred a private television channel to the prosecutor’s office yesterday for breaching the county’s e-media law.

The channel illegitimately covered news relating to the country’s parliamentary elections, the Kuwait Times reported.

The e-media law, implemented in July 2016, regulates all web-based media including electronic news services and bulletins and obliges service providers to obtain a licence from the government before operating online.

It is meant to tackle unmonitored content which is produced, developed, broadcast or published through the Internet or any other communications network.

The law allegedly guarantees freedom of use of electronic media for all citizens and expats in Kuwait. Authorities have claimed there is no prior censorship on content circulated on electronic sites.