Kuwait rejects ‘untrue’ Asharq Al-Awsat ban
Kuwait’s Information Ministry yesterday rejected social media rumors that it prevented the distribution of influential UK-based newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat as “untrue and contrary to truth”. In a statement, the ministry underlined that it did not ban any of the Saudi private-owned daily’s editions in Kuwait. Ministry officials “usually carry out routine procedures for newspapers that arrive in Kuwait from abroad”, the statement explained. The ministry’s assistant undersecretary for press and publications Khaled Al-Rashidi emphasizes that the newspaper is “being sold across shops and has not been banned”.