A report in ArabLit confirms that Kuwait’s National Assembly has amended the law on media and publications that previously required all books to receive prior approval from a committee before release. The new rules apply to both local and imported books and put an end to the mandate of the Kuwaiti book censorship committee.
Kristenn Einarsson, Chair of the IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee said: Congratulations to those in Kuwait who have successfully encouraged this change in favour of the freedom to publish. This is an important step forward and I hope that more positive changes will follow.
The ArabLit report cites Kuwaiti Parliament observers who note that the change will mean that any challenge to the publication of a book must now be made in a court of law.
The IPA’s Freedom to Publish Committee will continue to monitor developments in Kuwait and looks forward to more reforms that bolster freedom to publish.