Kuwait set to shelve media bill

Unified Media Law up for grabs, says Reuters.
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 Reports fom news agaency Reuters suggest the controversial Unified Media Law may be shelved. The law woulf have increased potential fines and prison sentences across the print and broadcast industries for journalists deemed to 'insult the royal family.'

Kuwaiti PM Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah told a gathering of editors: "If you are against the bill, it will be shelved," which seems a litttle like asking turkeys to vote for Christmas, or goats for Ramadan.

The law has not yet been approved by the parliament of Kuwait, which likes to advertise itself as the most democratic state in the Middle East., and Kuwaiti lawmakers have already stated concern.

Rumours that a team from Pyongyang were in Kuwait to exchange ideas on press freedom were utterly unconfirmed at the time of writing.

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