Satellite companies Nilesat and Arabsat have stopped broadcasting Syrian television stations in a clear act of hostility against the Damascus government.
The operators took Syria’s state television channel as well as pro-government channels al-Ekhbaryah and al-Dunya off air on Wednesday shortly after a meeting of Arab League ministers in Cairo.
In June, the Arab League asked satellite operators Nilesat and Arabsat to shut down Syrian TV signals.
The operators, however, continue broadcasting Syria’s anti-Damascus television channels.
The Syrian government has slammed the move as an attempt to silence the Syrians, stressing that it is in violation of media ethics.
It is believed that by removing Syrian channels from Nilesat and Arabsat, Western-backed anti-Syria channels will gain absolute control of media with regard to covering events unfolding in Syria.
Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
While the West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of being behind the violence, Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a ”crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.
|NileSat, Arabsat Suspend Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels
Sep 06, 2012
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – NileSat Company suspended broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in a unilateral procedure unjustifiably violating terms of the contract signed with the Company and the Media Code of Ethics, Ministry of Information said on Wednesday.
This procedure contradicts principles of media work in an unacceptable and blatant way within the framework of the campaign targeting Syria, the statement added.
The Ministry stressed its condemnation of this violation and considered it as direct evidence on its administrators’ bias to the side of the plot launched against the Syrian state and people, adding that this behavior serves the Zionist scheme.
The Ministry called upon the NileSat Satellite Company to refrain from its behavior and adhere to the legal regulations in this regard.
In a similar statement, the Ministry of Information announced that the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) cut broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels in line with NileSat Company which has already carried out its role in the Zionist project that aimed at silencing the voice of the homeland and contributing to the deception, fabrication and the falsification of facts.
The Ministry condemned this behavior which violates the simplest rules of the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) law and Syria’s rights which should be preserved according to these rules.
The Ministry considered this procedure as flagrant violation of media code of ethics and principles of journalistic work, calling upon the Arabsat administration to refrain from its decision and commit to the law and morals of media.
The Ministry called upon Syrian citizens to watch the Syrian channels on the terrestrial channels and the Eutelsat and Hotbird on the following frequencies:
The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Eutelsat 11680 horizontal.
The Syrian al-Ikhbariya TV Channel Eutelsat 11390 vertical.
Addounia TV Channel Eutelsat 10922 vertical.
The Syrian TV Satellite Channel Hotbird 12015 horizontal.
On a relevant note, the Information Ministry said that the live feed of the Syrian Satellite Channel and Al-Ikhbariya TV can be viewed online at the General Organization of Radio and TV website at http://live.rtv.gov.sy/ while Addounia TV can be viewed online on its website at http://addounia.tv/index.php?page=live
Union of Syrian Journalists Denounces Suspending Broadcast of Syrian Satellite Channels as Media Piracy
Union of Syrian Journalists denounced the NileSat administration’s decision to suspend the broadcast of Syrian satellite channels as media piracy against national media and the freedom of the word.
The Union said in a statement on Wednesday that this step came in implementation of the decision of the Council of the Arab Foreign Ministers which called upon the NileSat and Arabsat administrations to stop broadcasting the Syrian satellite channels which is unexpected since these organizations signed contracts and had legal obligations regarding the Syrian channels.
The statement added that the union addressed all Arab journalist unions and the International Federation of Journalists to condemn this move and to call upon the administration of NileSat to refrain from their decision in accordance with the minimum level of moral principles and international conventions, particularly the UN Charter on the freedom of opinion and expression.
The union concluded that the Syrian national media with all its institutions and cadres which confronted the conspiracy is able to find ways that help it continue conveying the truth to the Syrian people and the Arab and international public opinion.
National Media Council: NileSat, Arabsat Decision to Suspend Syrian Channels Illegal
The National Media Council stressed that the NileSat and Arabsat decision to suspend the broadcast of the Syrian satellite channels is illegal and condemned as it came under the war against Syria.
The Council considered these procedures as completion of criminal acts that targeted the Syrian media institutions and the journalists, stressing that such terrorist acts aimed at silencing the voice of the Syrian media which presented to the local and international public opinion the reality of what is taking place on the ground exposing the campaign of lies and fabrications led by Arab and western media.
The Council added that it reserved its right to take necessary legal procedures to prosecute the two companies and all media outlets that violate rules of the journalist work.
It added that all attempts targeting the Syrian media will fail as it belongs to the Syrian people and convey the reality, stressing that the national media will preserve its professionalism to expose the fabrications of other media.
Mikdad: Reason behind Suspending Broadcast of Syrian Satellite channels was the success they achieved in Relaying Reality
DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad underlined that the reason behind the Arab League’s decision to suspend the broadcast of the Syrian satellite channels on the ArabSat and NileSat was the successe achieved by the national media in relaying the reality to the public opinion in Syria and aboard, and expressing the conscience of the Syrian citizen.
” The countries which have adopted such move don’t possess their decisions, but they implement only what indicates to the nature of the change ordered by the US, Europe in the Arab region,” Mikdad said in a speech to the Syrian TV broadcast Thursday.
He added that the decision is a moral decline and a flagrant violation of the global declaration of the human rights and all world media values.
“The Western no- comment on this repression on the freedom of expression asserts its lies and hypocrisy,” Mikdad said.
Syrian Human Rights Network Strongly Condemns Cutting Syrian TVs Broadcast, Calls for Suing those Involved
DAMASCUS, (SANA) – The Syrian Human Rights Network called for the application of Article 25 of the Rome Statute against those behind cutting the broadcast of the official Syrian satellite channels and Addounia and al-Ikhbariya TV channels, putting this procedure in the framework of provocation for violence and bloodshed.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the network underlined the need to bring those who are behind this procedure to International Criminal Court.
The Network strongly condemned this aggressive act contradicting the contract between the Syrian government and the administrations of Nilesat and Arabsat companies. It pointed out that this procedure aims at obscuring the truth from the Syrian citizens and trapping them in the media fabrications.
“The involved sides work on horrifying and misleading the Syrians in violation of Article No 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the first two paragraphs of Article 20 on The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that ban any propaganda on war or any call for national, ethnic or religious hatred,” the Network said.
Hezbollah Condemns Decision to Stop Broadcasting Syrian TV Channels as Attempt to Silence Syrian Media
Hezbollah condemned stopping the broadcast of Syrian channels as an attempt to suppress the freedom of expression and to silence the Syrian media voice after several attacks and killing and kidnapping acts against Syrian journalists.
In a statement on Thursday, Hezbollah said the decision violates rules regulating the media work and continues the approach of the condemned intervention in Syria’s internal affairs.
Hezbollah expressed solidarity with the administrations and workers at the Syrian TV channels, stressing full support to their efforts to present facts and prevent all fabrication attempts to broadcast events that contradict what is really taking place in the country.
Information Minister: Suspending Broadcast of Syrian TV Stations Won’t Help Resolve the Crisis
DAMASCUS, (SANA)-Minister of Information Omran al-Zou’bi underlined that suspending broadcast of the Syrian TV stations on Arab Sat and Nile Sat is like an order of operations whose perpetrators expect to lead to outcomes that serve their target against Syria.
“The move won’t help resolve the crisis in Syria or conduct a dialogue among the Syrians, but it aims to make the voice of conspiracy loud and silence the voice of people,” Minister al-Zou’bi said in a speech to al-Manar TV broadcast on Thursday.
“The decision comes in the framework of pressure on Syria practiced by western, Arab and Israeli sides within the conspiracy group against Syria,” the Minister said. He added that the move won’t help solve the crisis, but on the contrary it complicates the issue as they want to impose one voice which is the voice of conspiracy.