Ban on satirical TV programme damages Kuwait’s image

first_img KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Kuwait January 21, 2016 Find out more September 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ban on satirical TV programme damages Kuwait’s image News Reporters Without Borders condemns the decision by Kuwaiti information minister Al-Sheikh Ahmad Abdallah al-Sabah to suspend privately-owned Scope TV’s political satire programme Sawtak Wasal on 25 August after only three of an initially-scheduled series of 15 programmes had been broadcast. The 20-minute programme, consisting of sketches that satirized Kuwaiti politicians, had been referred by the government to the department of public prosecutions but the information minister issued his ban before the department had time to reach an opinion.“This arbitrary political decision is more than regrettable, especially as the Kuwaiti press is one of the freest in the region,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Does this herald a change in Kuwait’s position on press freedom? The banning of a programme that aimed to entertain viewers by parodying politicians has damaged its image. It is not a crime to parody. Criticism is a right, especially when it is done with humour. We urge the Kuwaiti authorities to rescind this ban.”Launched by Kuwaiti satellite television station Scope TV on 7 July, Sawtak Wasal (Your Voice Has Arrived) was intended to entertain viewers during Ramadan. Without being named, leading parliamentarians and government ministers were imitated by actors, who played up their use of the Bedouin dialect or imperfect Arabic. One of the satirised politicians, parliamentary speaker Jassam Al-Kharafi, said he was surprised by the programme’s suspension.Scope TV CEO Fajar Al-Saeed, the first woman to own a TV station in the Arab world, told journalists: “The decision was foreseeable but the surprise comes from the fact that only this programme was banned. If Scope TV is told to stop broadcasting its programmes, why are the series being broadcast by other TV stations not being banned as well? Although he was parodied, even Jassam Al-Kharafi thought our programme stayed with the limits of traditional criticism.”Saeed added: “This decision is the result of irritation within a sector of the political class that has been holding the country back for 20 years. It also highlights the failure of some people to understand how a woman can be influential in the media and public opinion. Scope TV’s closure would be a way to intimidate other important satellite TV stations such as Al-Ray and Al-Watan. I would rather remain at my post than run for parliament. I am ready to push the limits in order to fulfil my goal, which is to serve Kuwaitis.”Also called Sawt Al-Shaab (Voice of the People) by its viewers, Scope TV is outspoken in it criticism of Kuwaiti political paralysis and corruption and has so far been the target of more than 30 lawsuits.The ban has triggered an outcry from civil society leaders and parliamentarians, who have voiced concern about this step backwards for free expression and the damage to Kuwait’s reputation in the Arab world. At the same time, it has led to self-censorship on the part of other TV stations, with Al-Watan deciding to withdraw one of its own satirical programmes.Kuwait was ranked 61st out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.See the offending programme on YouTube: News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term to go furthercenter_img RSF_en Popular blogger charged with blasphemy KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa Organisation New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists News News February 23, 2015 Find out more September 5, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

10.or set to launch a new smartphone in India on August 22, will be Amazon exclusive

first_img10.or (Tenor) is a company that entered India not so long ago and has been focused on building good phones at affordable prices. Until now, the smartphone manufacturer has launched three phones in India. Starting off with 10.or G, followed by 10.or E and the 10.or D. The company is all gearing up to launch a new smartphone in India on August 22. 10.or, however, is yet to reveal the name of the handset.10.or has already started teasing the upcoming smartphone and has confirmed that it is going to be an Amazon Exclusive product. The new 10.or or Tenor phone has also been listed on the Amazon India website. 10.or has also posted a teaser for the upcoming phone. In the teaser, 10.or has revealed that the upcoming 10.or phone will come with a 5.45-inch HD+ screen with an aspect ratio of 18:9. This means that the new 10.or phone will be much bigger than the 10.or D which comes with a 5.2-inch display.The teaser also mentions that the upcoming 10.or phone will deliver a “widescreen viewing experience” and will have a “sharp eye for detail”. This means that for the upcoming phone 10.or is touting its display and the camera. Looks like the camera of the new 10.or phone will be so good that it will be capable of capturing minute details. The teaser doesn’t reveal any further detail about the upcoming 10.or phone.We know you’ve been waiting for what’s next and it’s finally here!Stay tuned for the full reveal on 22 August. Get ready for a new smartphone experience Created By Us, #DefinedByYou! #CraftedForAmazon #AmazonExclusive (@10orIndia) August 16, 2018Considering 10.or has already been focused on bringing budget segment phones, the company will follow the same with the new smartphone too. The last phone from 10.or is the 10.or D which sells for a starting price of Rs 4,999 for the 2 GB RAM+16 GB storage. While the price of the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage goes up to Rs 5,999. The 10.or D comes with a 5.2 inch HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor and a 3500 mAh battery which according to the company is capable of delivering up to two days of battery life. On the camera front, the 10.or D comes with a 13MP camera on the rear panel coupled with LED flash. On the front, the phone sports a 5MP camera.last_img read more