US hits Syrian state media with sanctions

Last Updated: Monday, March 5, 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.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 23:25

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