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Kuwait bans digital SLR cameras

Authorities in Kuwait have banned the use of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras by members of the public.

The ban, which applies to the use of DSLRs on the Gulf state's streets and shopping malls, makes it illegal for anyone except journalists to use the cameras. Smaller 'compact' digital cameras and camera phones are exempt.

The ban has been brought into force by the combined action of the country's Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance.

News of the ban has been met with bafflement in Kuwait, according to a report in the English-speaking Kuwait Times. And so far, there's been no word from the country's government as to why they've banned the snappers.

Tourists travelling to Kuwait are being warned that the law will also apply to them, and are advised to leave their DSLRs behind.