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Information Ministry refers satellite channel to prosecution for violating e-media law
October 31, 2016, 8:39 am

Kuwait's Ministry of Information referred on Sunday a private satellite channel to the general prosecution for breaching the law pertinent to announcement of result of consultative elections in one constituency.

The ministry last July began implementing law No. 8/2016 on regulating electronic media which was approved and published in the state's official gazette last February.

The new law is to regulate all web-based publications including electronic news services, bulletins, websites of newspapers and televisions and the likes. Under the legislation, all these services must obtain a license from the government before they can operate.

The first article in the Electronic Media tackled the activity that includes publishing or broadcasting items and forms of a media service of electronic content that is produced, developed, upgraded, dealt with, broadcast, published or reached through the Internet or any other communications network.

The electronic media is considered one of the components of the information system in the country, and the freedom of its use is guaranteed for all according to the rules of this law, and there is no prior censorship on what is circulated of content via electronic sites and facilities.

A list of licensed websites and electronic media facilities is published at the ministry's website, providing details for the licenses, the responsible manager, employees, and purpose of the website.

The executive regulations of this law, which entered force last July 24, shall control polls carried out by licensed websites and electronic media facilities.

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