Legal battle involving Al-Watan newspaper and the Ministry of Information took another turn with the Administrative Court ordering temporary removal of the red seal at the premises of the paper until the next hearing on Wednesday, Jan 28.
Earlier, the Ministry of Information revoked the license of Al-Watan on the pretext of implementing Article 14 of Press and Publication Law No. 3/2006, reports Al- Seyassah daily. Acting Assistant Undersecretary for Press and Publication Sector in the Information Ministry Lulua Al- Salem said the ministry revoked the license of the newspaper in the implementation of Press and Publication Law No. 3/2006.
For his part, Sector Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud said the decision of revoking the license was to reinforce the law that stresses need for media outlets, including the newspapers to have a legal entity.
He said, “Al-Watan lost the entity and caused its license to be revoked. He pointed to the country’s keenness to support freedoms and media institutions in the legal and constitutional perspectives.
Meanwhile, legal representative of the newspaper Attorney Rashid Al- Rada’an said he will press for the court session on Jan 28 to cancel the ministry’s decision related to the newspaper license that was revoked.
In the same vein, the board of Kuwait Journalists Association (KJA) at a recent meeting chaired by its Board Chairman Ahmad Behbehani expressed fears over the level of oppression the media faces nowadays, which he stressed, shakes the position of Kuwaiti journalism.