Kuwait is a Middle Eastern country which practices Islam.

General censorship[]

  • As per Sharia law, homosexuality is banned in Kuwait.

Book censorship[]

Internet censorship[]

Kuwait is listed as pervasive in the social and Internet tools areas and as selective in political and conflict/security by ONI in June 2009. The primary target of Internet filtering is pornography and, to a lesser extent, gay and lesbian content. The Kuwait Ministry of Communication regulates ISPs, making them block pornographic, anti-religion, anti-tradition, and anti-security websites. Both private ISPs and the government take actions to filter the Internet. The Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) operates the Domain Name System in Kuwait and does not register domain names which are "injurious to public order or to public sensibilities or otherwise do not comply with the laws of Kuwait". VoIP is legal in Kuwait, and Zain, one of the mobile operators, started testing VoLTE in Kuwait.

Film censorship[]

  • South Park: Bigger, Long & Uncut - banned for offending the Muslim Brotherhood. The show was also banned there.
  • Raging Bull - this Martin Scorsese film was banned for excessive violence.
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 - this Michael Moore film was banned for being critical of the Iraq War and for being an insult to Saudi Arabia's royal family.
  • The Kingdom - this film was banned in Kuwait due to being a "false depiction" of a 1996 bombing in Saudi Arabia.
  • Bruce Almighty - banned due to blasphemous content
  • Beauty and the Beast - banned due to homosexual references which were found to be offensive.
  • Onward - banned due to the film's minor reference to a lesbian relationship.
  • Eternals - banned due to the film character of Phastos and his husband.
  • Wonder Woman - banned due to featuring Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The ban also extends to its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - banned due to the prominence of America Chavez, a lesbian character
  • Lightyear - banned due to a brief same-sex kiss scene.
  • Talk to Me - this Australian film about teenagers playing at demonic possession is banned in Kuwait due to one of its cast mates, actor Zoe Terakes being non-binary and transmasculine, though the gender identity of the character played by said actor not being mentioned.
  • Barbie - The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information's committee on cinematic censorship censored this film due to its "ideas and beliefs that are alien to the Kuwaiti society".
  • Thor: Love and Thunder - banned due to LGBT representation.
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse - this film was banned due to containing a frame featuring a transgender flag on which the phrase "Protect Trans Kids" is displayed.
  • Animal - this Hindi-language action drama film was banned for depicting extreme violence and extramarital affairs.
  • Turning Red - this film was banned due to explicit depictions of puberty and other mature themes.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Movie - Scarlet Bond - this anime film was the first Japanese film banned due to partial nudity.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba - To the Swordsmith Village - this film was banned due to a scene's explicit nature where Mitsuri Kanroji, Love Hashira, takes a shower in the hot spring.
  • Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire - this film was banned for featuring a queer character, Lucky Domingo (portrayed by Celeste O'Connor).

Television censorship[]

  • South Park - the show was banned in Kuwait for poking fun at Islam. The ban led to the creation of a similar, but family-friendly show called Block 13.

Video games censorship[]

The government of the State of Kuwait is still not clear about the mechanism for blocking games. Most of the reasons for blocking come from external influence (for example, its blocking in some GCC countries like Spec Ops: The Line) or internal influences (for example, the influence of social media , the interference of politicians, or because old bad reputation about a remastered game like Bully Scholarship Edition), but this does not prevent the sale of these games on black markets at the same official price. currently. It is possible that Kuwait follows the laws of the age classification of electronic games that are regulated by Saudi Arabia.

  • Yandere Simulator - this game is banned in Kuwait.
  • Bully: Scholarship Edition - this game is banned in Kuwait.
  • The Last of Us Part II - this game is banned in Kuwait.
  • Tell Me Why - this game is banned in Kuwait.
  • Max Payne - the games of this series are banned in Kuwait.