A royal decree came out yesterday that transfers "the prerogative of endorsing “classified arts”" from the Ministry of Heritage and Culture to the Ministry of Information. In other words all forms of art censorship will from now on be in the same ministry. The people with the big black markers for censoring magazines will now be working with the people with scissors who chop the movies we see in the cinemas.
It makes sense to have one ministry in charge of all censorship. But then again, you presently have people in the Ministry of Information who think that a picture of a woman in a bikini is obscene and try to cover it in black ink. The film censors at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture have been a bit more lenient and merciful with their scissors though they sometimes go crazy and start cutting arbitrarily just to piss us off. However, all the existing staff who do this job in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture will be transferred to the Ministry of Information so we shouldn't expect any radical changes except if the Minister of Information has a mandate to change how things are.
10 years ago the Ministry of Information fought hard to be given control of the internet before access was launched in Oman. They lost that fight because Omantel voluntarily chose self-censorship, which turned out to be worst than imposed censorship.
Let's wait and see.