The National Media Council of Syria has granted license to two newspapers and two magazines as part of reforms in the country, Press TV reports.
The newspapers are the political, cultural and social daily Sham
and the weekly newspaper Al-Minbar al-Hur
, and the magazines are the legal Arwiqat al-Mahakem
and the medical Al-Kamal
Ali Kassem, the chief editor of the Al-Thawra
newspaper, told Press TV on Wednesday, “It is not the first step taken to enhance the media in Syria. This step completes the new media law that granted the license of a number of media outlets.”
“I believe the diversity in this field is very important… and it would be a good start for implementing freedom of expression in Syria,” Kassem added.
The development comes days after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a decree on June 23, forming a new government under the newly appointed Prime Minister Riad Farid Hijab.
On June 26, members of the new Syrian government under Prime Minister Hijab took constitutional oath before President Assad.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem as well as Defense Minister Dawoud Rajiha and Interior Minister Mohammad al-Sha’ar remained in their posts.