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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Text of report by Rashid Isa headlined "Two new channels preparing to launch. Banning the Syrian Al-Sham satellite channel", carried by Lebanese newspaper Al-Safir on 30 October
The morning of Saturday, 28 October 2006, was scheduled to be the date for the broadcast of the first news bulletin of the Sham Satellite Channel, the first privately owned Syrian satellite channel. We were set to witness an announcement of the official launch of the channel's various programmes. The viewers of Sham, however, were surprised to see colour bars on the screen of the newly born channel. Following rumours about a technical or transmission fault, it was ascertained that the …