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Media activists opposed to the Syrian government have documented much of the worst of the war in Syria.Government mouthpieces dominated Syria's media landscape before the conflict erupted in 2011 . The ruling Baath Party owned and ran all media outlets in Syria between 1963 and 2001, according to a 2012 BBC study. Opposition-affiliated media activists quickly became regime targets.Media activists who are confined to the remaining opposition-held parts of Syria say their conditions are precarious at best.In general, the postwar media landscape will likely reflect the military balance of power in Syria. Consequently, "we cannot expect an environment conducive to a safe and sound development of media," Mehanna says, especially if the Syrian government assumes total control over the country. However, he says this does not preclude the establishment of activist-run media outlets outside Syria.
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