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Tuesday, August 02, 2005 

Sham: Syria's first private TV channel

The first privately owned TV channel in Syria will start broadcasting on September 1st.

It has already started test transmissions from its broadcast centre in Dubai. It is thought to be broadcasting on Arabsat, and is expected to be free-to-air.

Since Syria relaxed its media laws during the Baath Conference in June, this is the first broadcaster that has taken advantage of the new rules.

During a previous relaxation in 2000, satarical newspaper Ad-Domari launched. It was privately owned, and widely read in Syria. It was highly critical of government, and government members. But it was closed down in 2003 on a technicality.

Let's hope Sham will test the limits again.

can you tell me why it is outside syria,i hope they will participte in improving syria not badmouth syria outside the contry ,syria needs help and know how from people who care ,i hope this tv station belong to the people who care.naim

I hope we're gonna have more and more private TV channels....

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