The Syrian authorities have criticized as an attack against the “freedom of expression” the request made by the Arab League on June 2 to Arabsat and Nilesat to remove the pro-government Syrian TV channels they are carrying.
The Syrian Government has announced that it was merging two of the three state-owned dailies and issuing licenses for new private sector dailies and magazines.
A Presidential decree has granted a 50 percent reduction in income taxes to film production companies, a move directed at an industry that has grown quickly in recent years.
The National Media Council, a body created under the media law enacted last year, has licensed 16 new publications, according to SANA.
The US Treasury has added the Syrian state-run Radio and Television organisation to its list of entities and individuals that face an asset freeze.
UG, Syria’s largest media group, reported a loss of SYP 45 million in its 2011 fiscal year amid a steep decline in revenues and a stricken media sector.
Al-Watan, Syria’s only private sector political daily, was included in a list of entities put under sanctions last week by the European Union.
Movie theatres will be exempted from customs duties on the import of their equipment as well as from other taxes for a period of 5 years in a move aimed at boosting their operations.
Syria has issued a new law aimed at granting more freedoms to the media and at better protecting journalists at a time the media blackout remains almost total on all the protests that have been taking place since last March.
Nour Al-Sham, a new government-sponsored Islamic television channel, started broadcasting on the evening of Friday July 30th on both Arabsat and Nilesat satellites.
In an additional sign of the growing crisis impacting Syria’s economy, Al-Iqtissadiya, a business weekly, and the first private sector publication to be licensed after the arrival to power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, announced that it would stop publishing during the whole month of Ramadan.
Revenues from billboard advertising represented half of the net revenues of United Group, Syria’s largest media group, according to the company’s audited financial results.
A new law issued by the Syrian President has removed a compulsory fee levied on the local media and hence reduced financial constraints on them.
United Group has launched an English language daily, Baladna English.
United Group, Syria's largest media firm, posted a 27 percent increase in its 2008 turnover.


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