Kuwaiti presenter under fire for sharing photo of his baby’s ultrasound

This seemingly innocent family photo of a happy couple has sparked fury
Updated 19 March 2018

Kuwaiti presenter under fire for sharing photo of his baby’s ultrasound

CAIRO: A Kuwaiti television presenter stirred controversy on social media after sharing with his followers an ultrasound picture of his fetus, reports have said.

The young presenter shared a photo portrait of himself alongside his wife as they both posed – smiling – with an image of their baby’s ultrasound.

The picture shows the presenter putting his arms around his pregnant wife – who is dressed in a headscarf – while the couple hold the ultrasound picture together.

But rather than sharing in their apparently obvious joy, many took to social media, criticizing the decision to share the ultrasound scan.

The presenter received numerous angry comments from various Twitter users who voiced their disapproval of the “sharing private family photos.”

Some wrote “it was shameful” and “inconsistent with Kuwaiti traditions” to share the photo.

Others however regarded the act as “personal freedom,” adding that “it’s a beautiful photo” and that there was nothing wrong with sharing it.

“If those in the picture were Westerners, people would’ve said they are cute,” a Twitter user wrote.<br />

Malaysian news company seeks to have anti-fake news law revoked

Updated 50 min 1 sec ago

Malaysian news company seeks to have anti-fake news law revoked

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian media company on Friday filed a suit seeking to declare unconstitutional a new law against fake news, which critics say is aimed at curbing dissent and free speech ahead of a May 9 general election.
Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government secured parliament’s approval for the law this month. It stipulates jail of up to six years and fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($128,000) for offenders.
Mkini Dotcom, the company that runs the news site Malaysiakini, is seeking a judicial review of the law on the grounds it violates civil liberty and freedom of speech.
“We feel this action is very important as the act goes against constitutional provisions of freedom of speech,” Premesh Chandran Jeyachandran, Mkini Dotcom’s chief executive officer, told reporters.
“The best way to counter fake news is with facts.”
In its affidavit, the company said the law placed an “insurmountable burden” in proving that every item published “by way of reportage or opinion is true in every sense.”
The government and the prime minister’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Governments elsewhere in Southeast Asia, including Singapore and the Philippines, have also proposed laws aimed at clamping down on the spread of “fake news,” to the dismay of media rights advocates.
The Malaysian government defined fake news as “news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false” and included features, visuals and audio recordings.
The law covers digital publications and social media and also applies to offenders outside Malaysia, including foreigners, if Malaysia or a Malaysian citizen are affected.
The government said it hoped the law would make the public more responsible and cautious in sharing news and information.
But the opposition and critics say the law, along with a fast-tracked realignment of electoral boundaries, were attempts by Najib to boost his election chances.
Najib’s government and the Election Commission have denied the accusations.
Najib enters the election weighed down by a multi-billion dollar financial scandal linked to state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and public anger over rising prices, blamed on a consumption tax he introduced in 2015.
Najib denies any wrongdoing in connection with losses at the state fund and has defended his government’s economic record.
Najib’s coalition is expected to win the polls but a smaller majority could leave him open to a leadership challenge.