Press Law Kuwait

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    1   Law No (3) for the Year 2006On Press and PublicationsKuwait   This is an unofficial translation and provided by the DohaCentre for Media Freedom for reference only.    2   Law No (3) for the Year 2006On Press and Publications - After reviewing the Constitution, - The Law No(15) for the year 1960 on Promulgation of theCommercial Companies Law and its amending laws, - The Law No(17) for the year 1960 on Promulgation of the Law of Penal Procedural and Proceedings and its amending laws, - The law No(3) for the year 1961 on Promulgation of the Law of Press and Publications and its amending laws, - The Law No(32) for the year 1969 on Regulating the Licenses of the Commercial Shops and its amending laws, - The Law No(40) for the year 1972 on Cases of Appealing byCassation and its Procedures and its amending laws, - The Decree of the Law No(38) for the year 1980 on Promulgationof the Law of Civil and Commercial Pleading and its amendinglaws, - The Decree of the Law No (20) for the year 1981 on Establishing aDepartment in the Full Court of First Instance to Judge in theAdministrative Disputes, which was amended by Law No(61) for the year 1982, - The National Council has approved the following text of the law,and we have attested and issued it.    3   Preliminary Section Article (1) Freedom of the press, print, and publishing shall be guaranteed inaccordance with the provisions of this Law. Article (2) For applying the provisions of this Law, the following terms shall havethe meanings that are outlined next to each of them: Print: Each writing, drawing, photo, or saying whether solely or accompanied by music or other forms of expression whether they are affixed to a supportingstand by traditional means or by any other means or kept in saving dockets or magnetic or electronicdevices or in others devices that are prepared for circulation against return or without return. Typographer: The entity or natural person who, by himself or through others, copies the prints by machines or devices which he uses for this purpose. Newspaper: Each newspaper, magazine, or any other print which isissued under the same name periodically at regular or irregular intervals even if it is mere translation or transfer from other prints. Chief Editor: He is the person responsible for the actual supervision onthe newspaper and its contents based on theauthorization from the issuing licensee. Deputy Chief Editor: He is the person who satisfies the qualifyingconditions set for the post of the Chief Editor, and heis the responsible person who does the actualsupervision of the newspaper and its contents in theabsence of the Chief Editor. Publisher: He is the natural or entity person who is in charge of  preparation of the print for publishing, production or distribution and circulation. Circulation: The selling of the print or offering it for sale or distribution or affixing it on any supporting stand,such as on the fronts of shops or walls or others by    4   making in any way available for a number of persons,whether this is done against return or without return. Writer: Any person who writes in the newspaper regularly or irregularly. Editor: Any person who works on editing the newspaper  professionally whether he is one of thecorrespondents, or news analyzers, or the person whois conducting press investigation, or translators, or artists or photographers. The CompetentMinister: The Minister of Information. The CompetentMinistry: The Ministry of Information. The First SectionThe Prints Article (3) Any person may establish a print house or utilize it or open a shop for selling or renting the prints or for publishing or distribution or translationor an office for advertisement and announcement or an establishment for art production in relation to this Law after obtaining a license regardingthe same from the Competent Ministry. The license applicant mustsatisfy the following conditions:1)   He must be a Kuwaiti national with full eligibility.2)   He must have good conduct and reputation and must not have beenconvicted of a crime involving dishonor or dishonesty, unless hisstatus is restored.3)   He must have at least obtained the general secondary diploma or itsequivalent, except for translation activity which requires theapplicant to have obtained a proper academic qualification or itsequivalent. The competent Ministry may exempt the one who hasadequate experience in the field of the activity for which thelicense is applied for.4)   He must be the owner or utilizer of a suitable location for theactivity.
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