According to the newspaper “The Guardian”, citing “Agence France-Press” in Kuwait, at the 43rd Kuwait book fair were banned to exhibit 948 books, including the classic novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky “the Brothers Karamazov”.
Head of the international literary festival in Kuwait Saad al-ANSI said that the information Ministry banned the exhibit 948 books, including the well-known novel of the classical Russian literature of the 19th century “the Brothers Karamazov” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, which explores morality, free will and the existence of God.
Over the past 5 years, the Ministry of information of Kuwait brought in the black list more than 4 thousand books, including “the Hunchback of Notre Dame” by Victor Hugo and “one Hundred years of solitude” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. All the titles presented at the 43rd Kuwait book fair, which runs until 24 November, was screened by the censorship Committee in accordance with the rules of Kuwait.
The Committee operates in accordance with the 2006 law on press and publications, outlining the sequence of punishments for publishers as literature and journalism. Offences include insulting Islam or the judicial system of Kuwait, a threat to national security, “inciting a riot” and committing “immoral” acts.
Twice activists took to the streets in protest against increasing censorship.
During the 1970-ies and 1980-ies Kuwait was a regional publishing center, where he published a widespread, pan-Arab cultural magazine “al-Arabi” and a number of popular scientific and literary publications. However, in recent years religious conservatives and tribal leaders won a majority in Parliament, which passed a law about the censorship of the press and of publication.
Kuwait is the only Gulf state with elected legislators.