Kuwait cancels licences of three TV channels

Al-Watan, Al-Watan Plus and Al-Watan Ghanawi pulled off air
Kuwait city.
Kuwait city.


Kuwait's Ministry of Information has cancelled the licences of three TV channels: Al-Watan, Al-Watan Plus and Al-Watan Ghanawi, according to state news agency KUNA.

The decision to take the channels off air stemmed from an earlier trade ministry's decision to cancel the business licence of Kuwait Media Group, the operator of the channels, the agency said on Thursday.

Kuwait Media Group also owns a newspaper known for speaking out against the government. The group’s al-Watan newspaper had its licence cancelled by Kuwait's trade minister in January on the grounds that it had violated corporate regulations, according to Reuters.

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