The Kuwait Times reports that Kuwait has banned the use of DSLRs in public places. In the article, the Kuwait Times notes that the only exception for public DSLR use would be journalism purposes.
The article seems to imply that DSLRs make people feel uncomfortable, pointing out that amateur photographers in Kuwait have completely changed how they use cameras because of the poor reception to public use. One photographer “decided to take photos of animals or still life due to the fact that these subjects don’t mind having their picture taken and don’t make a scene. ‘I started facing problems the very first day I bought my camera,’ [the photographer] added.”
Even with the assorted issues related to photography in the US, I’m thankful to have the liberties that we do have, and I’m glad I can walk around in public without being charged with a crime for using a DSLR.
UPDATE: Kuwait Times has issued a retraction of its story.
[via Kuwait Times]