|Publisher||United Group for Publishing, Advertising and Marketing|
Baladna (Arabic: بلدنا meaning Our Country) is an independent Arabic daily newspaper published in Syria. The paper has also an English edition which was launched in December 2009. The publication of its English-edition was thought to be a move towards liberalisation of the Syrian media.
History and profile
The publisher of Baladna is the United Group for Publishing, Advertising and Marketing. Diana Jabbour is the editor-in-chief of the daily. The owner of the paper was reported to be Majid Suleiman, the son of a former security chief General Bahjat Suleiman.
The paper was not seen as a supporter of the Bashar al Assad regime in late November 2011. However, in an article published in the paper on 21 February 2012, it states: the uprising "gave homosexuals a freedom they would've never dreamed of".
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