The Treasury Department today called for sanctions to be imposed on Syrian media organizations.
According to the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control Executive Order 13582 of August 17, 2011, Syrian broadcasters involved in supporting the violent crackdown in opposition to President Bashar Assad's regime are subject to sanctions.
The statement specifically names the Syrian General Organization of Radio and TV, the state-run agency responsible for running the country's state-owned television channels and government radio stations, which functions as a subordinate to the Syrian Ministry of Information.
Adam Szubin, Director of Treasury's OFAC, explained: "The General Organization of Radio and TV has served as an arm of the Syrian regime as it mounts increasingly barbaric attacks on its own population and seeks both to mask and legitimize its violence."
He added: "By taking this action today, Treasury is sending a clear signal that it stands with the Syrian people. Any individuals or institutions supporting its abhorrent behavior will be targeted and cut off from the international financial system."
by RTT Staff Writer
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