Text of report by London-based, Saudi-owned Elaph website on 6 July
[Report by Bahiyah Mardini in
A Syrian daily newspaper owned by the son of a former official has returned to the markets after it was hinted verbally to its management before two months to stop publishing.
The management of Baladuna newspaper refused to make a statement and explain the reason for closing it down but it was probably the officials of the newspaper, which is owned by Majd Bahjat Sulayman, the son of the famous former Syrian officer, were contacted by the Syrian Information Ministry to stop distributing the newspaper until further notice after the Thursday 17/05/2007 edition was withdrawn from the markets following the publication of a cartoon by Ala Rustum on page 32 depicting his imagination of how the nomination for a new presidential term for President Bashar al-Asad was approved by the People's Assembly. The newspaper remained on the internet only and a rumour spread that it had printing problems and would print in
Legal sources said the process of distributing newspapers inside
Source: Elaph website,