Nilesat pulls plug on Syrian TV channels

September 6, 2012
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Nilesat, the Egyptian broadcasting service provider, on Wednesday suspended the broadcast of Syrian satellite channels, reports from Syria said.

The official Syrian channel and the pro-government channel Donia were taken off the air while the government-owned Syrian news channel continued its programmes.

“The suspension is part of the smear campaign targeting Syria,” the Syrian news agency Sana said. “The Syrian information ministry considers the suspension of the Syrian channels as taking sides with the anti-Syria project,” it said.

The Syrian News TV gave new frequencies on the Arabsat, urging citizens to use them to continue watching the suspended channels.

“All the constitutions in the world stress the freedom of speech and the right to protect it,” the Syrian News channel said.

In June, the Arab foreign ministers urged both Arabsat and Nilesat to suspend broadcasting government and pro-government Syrian channels.

“The decision contradicts fundamental moral and professional standards for mass media in the Arab world and globally,” Adnan Mahmoud, the Syrian information minister, said then. “It contradicts the rules and regulations for satellite broadcasting as agreed by the Council of the Arab Ministers of Information. This decision was made by foreign ministers, which means it was politically motivated – it is part of the anti-Syrian political agenda,” he said in an interview with Russian Today.

         

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