Treasury Sanctions Syrian State Media

The Wall Street Journal on March 5, 2012 released the following:

“By Samuel Rubenfeld

The U.S. Treasury Department said Monday it identified the Syrian General Organization of Radio and TV as subject to sanctions imposed on the country’s government.

The organization is a state-run agency subordinate to the information ministry; it operates Syria’s state-owned TV channels and the government’s radio stations, Treasury said in a statement.

It was identified as being subject to sanctions imposed on entities of the Syrian government, regardless of whether they’re specifically identified by Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The identification, Treasury said, is simply to aid with compliance with the executive order imposing the sanctions.

“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,” said Adam Szubin, director of OFAC, in the statement.

Monday’s identification comes less than a week after the United Nations said the death toll in the nearly year-long crackdown by the Syrian regime on the opposition reached more than 7,500.

The Syrian regime has used state entities “to repress and attack civilians” in a way that “has imposed a devastating toll on the people of Syria,” Treasury said in the statement.”

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