Syrian Media liberalisation causes a stir

Blanford, Nicholas
February 2005
Middle East;Feb2005, Issue 353, p32
The article reports on new and welcome liberalisation moves in Syria's media industry, previously one of the most enthusiastic proponents of censorship in the region. Syria's media is undergoing the biggest shake-up in decades. The driving force behind the recent changes is Mehdi Dakhlallah, the former editor of Al Baath newspaper who was appointed minister of information during a cabinet reshuffle in October of last year. Independent writers would look to the more liberal press in neighbouring Lebanon to publish articles which risked censorship in Syria or landing their writers in trouble with the authorities.


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