Controversial series ‘deleted’

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KUWAIT CITY, March 4: The ‘Shahid’ platform deleted the series “Al-Jabriya Journey 422” after dissatisfaction with those who touched on the symbols of the state and its citizens, reports Al-Qabas daily. This came hours after the Ministry of Information confirmed its “categorical refusal” to expose any component of Kuwaiti society, including symbols, citizens and residents, in any media work for any purpose.

The ministry had expressed, in a statement, its dissatisfaction with what was stated in one of the dramas presented on one of the Gulf platforms, during which “the symbols of the state and its citizens were touched upon,” indicating that such actions are “rejected in all form and content.”

The ministry stressed that it had communicated with all officials in the relevant authorities to express “dissatisfaction with the work” and to stress the “need to stop broadcasting it on the platform” in accordance with the Gulf position and joint covenants in this regard, indicating that it “has begun legal procedures against the Kuwaiti crew participating in the series.”

The sources have called on everyone, including producers, authors, and artistes, to “keep in mind respect for the sovereignty of the Gulf state and its components during the production of their dramas, and to distance themselves from what might create disunity in Gulf and disturb the deep-rooted fraternal relations.”

This happened after the Shahid application had recently started showing the series “Al-Jabriya Journey 422”, which casts Kuwaiti artistes alongside their Lebanese counterparts, including Ibrahim Al-Zadjali, Khaled Amin, Ibrahim Al-Harbi, Muhammad Al-Ajimi, and Faisal Al-Amiri. The series consists of six episodes, filmed with high technology, showing the hijacking scenes as real.

Meanwhile, the ministry affirmed in a statement that the response from Shahid reflects the strength of the deep-rooted Gulf relations and the volume of cooperation and understanding between officials in charge of media institutions in the Gulf states, indicating its supportive endeavor to “strengthen joint cooperation between these institutions for the benefit of our countries and citizens at all levels.”

However, the stressed “the need for producers of media works to adhere to the regulations, systems and laws stipulated in the country in which the story of the work talks about or in which the work is produced, bearing in mind the safety of our Gulf unity and respect for the sovereignty of member states.”

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