On 8 September 2018, the company YouTube (owned by the Internet giant Google) shut down the channels of the Syrian government including the channel of the Syrian President, the Syrian Minister of Defence as well as Sana, the Syrian government press agency.

YouTube has not given the reasons for its decision.

These channels have been around for several years. As they have different programs, the decision for this collective censure cannot be content-based. It must be exclusively based on account of their publisher: the Syrian Arab Republic’s government.

The United States is threatening to make an attack on Syria in the not too distant future. The Pentagon has already presented President Trump with a plan for bombing the country. This plan includes the destruction of radio and broadcasting establishments. If a Western attack should occur, then the Syrian government would be unable to communicate with its people and externally.

Anoosha Boralessa