For the past year, the status of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Kuwait has significantly deteriorated, as exemplified by the cases of Al Watan TV and Dar Al Watan. The decisions to close the TV channel followed the same process as the newspaper, which had its licence revoked by an administrative decision, following which authorities closed the premises of the newspaper despite ongoing judicial procedures challenging the decision. The same "official" reason was given by the authorities in both the Dar Al Watan and the Al Watan TV cases — that is, that the companies "did not meet their financial and commercial requirements to keep their licence to publish and broadcast. Alkarama also argued that the purely political motives of the decisions constitute a severe violation of Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ICCPR binding upon Kuwait by virtue of its ratification in May , which states that: "Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
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