KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait said it had revoked the licences of pro-opposition Al Youm television and Alam Al Youm newspaper and ordered them to shut down immediately yesterday.
The information ministry said in a statement that the licences of the two media outlets had been revoked “for losing some of the terms and conditions for obtaining a licence”.
Al Youm confirmed it had received the closure notice.
“We received a letter from the information ministry stating that the licence of the channel has been revoked and we must stop immediately,” a source at the station said, requesting anonymity.
The channel went off the air after receiving the order.
The decision comes a day after the government revoked the citizenship of the owner of the outlets, Ahmad Jabr Al Shemmari, in a crackdown on dissent.
Under the Gulf state’s law, the nationality of the owner of all media organisations must be Kuwaiti.
The channel and the newspaper have been covering the news of the Kuwaiti opposition more extensively than others.