Media

19-11-2012
Syria’s last remaining English-language print magazine has suspended publication as worsening economic and security conditions continue to take their toll on the media industry.
08-11-2012
The revenues of United Group, Syria’s largest media company, plunged 65 percent year-on-year in the first nine months of 2012 amidst a slump in the advertising market.
22-10-2012
Eutelsat Communications, the French operator of the Hot Bird satellites, has suspended the broadcast of Syria’s main state-owned channel and of another channel featuring dramas and soap operas, according to the Syrian news agency.
06-09-2012
Arabsat and Nilesat have stopped broadcasting Syrian television channels in line with recommendations passed by the Arab League in June.
03-09-2012
Bashar Kiwan bought a large part of the United Group shares that were traded last week in the Syrian bourse, according to a local press report.
13-08-2012
Revenues continued to plunge at UG, Syria’s largest media group, as the industry suffers from the economic downturn.
04-06-2012
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.
28-05-2012
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.
14-05-2012
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.
27-03-2012
The National Media Council, a body created under the media law enacted last year, has licensed 16 new publications, according to SANA.
06-03-2012
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.
19-02-2012
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.
05-12-2011
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.
03-10-2011
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.
29-08-2011
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.

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