US hits Syrian state media with sanctions
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Last Updated: Monday, March 05, 2012, 23:25
Washington: The US slapped economic sanctions on Monday on Syrian state broadcast media, saying they aid the Damascus regime in its campaign to put down a popular uprising.

"The Syrian regime's use of state entities to repress and attack civilians has imposed a devastating toll on the people of Syria," the US Treasury said in a statement.

"The United States has consistently stood against this abuse and has taken strong steps to target the regimes ability to act against the Syrian people."

The sanctions target the Syrian General Organisation of Radio and TV, which "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 legitimise its violence," said Adam Szubin of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The announcement amplifies general sanctions Washington has already placed on the entire Syrian government and its agencies, freezing any US assets they might have and forbidding US entities and citizens from any transactions with them.


First Published: Monday, March 05, 2012, 23:25

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