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Report: Kuwait to block unlicensed TV satellite feeds

Arab World Materials 10 January 2011 16:23
Kuwait's Ministry of Information has been asked to block TV channels broadcasting without a local license, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida said on Monday.
Report: Kuwait to block unlicensed TV satellite feeds

Kuwait's Ministry of Information has been asked to block TV channels broadcasting without a local license, the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Jarida said on Monday.

The newspaper said the Council of Ministers had asked the Ministry of Information for a list of satellite channels broadcasting into Kuwait without permission, DPA reported.

In addition, the council asked for the names of all Kuwaiti stations broadcasting from abroad.

The government also reportedly vowed to confiscate broadcast equipment that is not licensed locally, starting in March.

Recently, Kuwaiti authorities closed the office of the al-Jazeera satellite channel after it aired extensive coverage of a police crackdown on an opposition meeting, accusing it of "interference in domestic affairs."

Footage on the Doha-based channel showed several people, including lawmakers, receiving injuries when police used force to break up the gathering.

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