The first privately owned TV channel in Syria will start broadcasting on September 1st.
It has already started test transmissions from its broadcast centre in Dubai. It is thought to be broadcasting on Arabsat, and is expected to be free-to-air.
Since Syria relaxed its media laws during the Baath Conference in June, this is the first broadcaster that has taken advantage of the new rules.
During a previous relaxation in 2000, satarical newspaper Ad-Domari launched. It was privately owned, and widely read in Syria. It was highly critical of government, and government members. But it was closed down in 2003 on a technicality.
Let’s hope Sham will test the limits again.