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Magazine Protests Against Intimidation by Authorities

A youth magazine decided to stop publishing in protest against what it said was harassment by the authorities, the pro-government website Day Press reported in an October 25 article.

Eyad Shurbaji, the editor-in-chief of Shabablek magazine, made the announcement at a recent event, according to the website.

In the past few months, several issues of the magazine were banned from being distributed on oral orders from the ministry of information.

The last banned issue included a report on media in Syria which criticised the ministry of information for the way it dealt with local publications.

The series of reports called “Print Media is Dying in Syria” covered censorship, information blackouts and the journalists’ union.

The private media have been subjected to restrictions by officials in the past few months, with editions of many newspapers and magazines forbidden from being distributed on the Syrian market.

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