Last updated: 4 august, 2010 - 09:14 GMT

Syrian media restrictions loosen but taboos remain

Honey Al Sayed, presenter of the morning show at Al Madina FM

Honey Al Sayed at Al Madina FM says she discusses topics such as sex education and child abuse on her morning radio show

The media in Syria is tightly controlled and topics such as politics, sex and religion have been taboo for many years.

But there are signs the restrictions are loosening slightly.

Private, commercial radio stations have been set up and in their own subtle ways are pushing the boundaries of freedom of speech.

The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus.

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First broadcast 2 August 2010

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