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Offline qubit

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What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« on: April 21, 2012, 08:17:29 AM »
Cham Press seems to be one of the most important news agencies in Syria, publishing both English and Arabic. Cham Press describes itself as "Private News Agency owned and managed by the independent media group in Damascus." Apparently, this was the only agency in Syria who covered GIFiles.

Since April 17, the Cham Press website is offline. Their Facebook page wasn't updated since April 15.

Without speaking Arabic, it appears to be almost impossible to obtain any further information. Does anyone know what happened to Cham Press? Is there any information about on Arabic boards?

According to the Whois database, Cham Press is located in Arnous Tower, Damascus. The website is hosted by ThePlanet Internet Services in Houston, Texas.

Archived website copies from Wayback Machine (July 29, 2011): Arabic, English

Search engine for the cablegate files:  cabledrum.net

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Re: What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 10:46:44 AM »
Champress quoted Wikileaks document from online newspaper IslamTimes, whose website is also down but they have put a notice up that "New website coming soon. Sign up to our mailing list: Name Email Address. PO Box 103, Manchester M21 0YF [email protected]" see google search below, if you press the link it asks you to subscribe to their e-mail list.

Islam Times
www.islamtimes.org/

Islam Times is a political, social, activist, news site which publishes material about the Islamic world and the Islamic minorities in non-Islamic countries that ...
Saudia Arabia's King Abdullah ...

Islam Times - Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz passed away ...
Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah
Pictures of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah from childhood up to ...

News
Islam Times is a political, social, activist, news site which ...

Wikileaks document reveals

Wikileaks document reveals: US-led NATO troops operate inside ...
More results from islamtimes.org »

Islamic Times
www.islamictimes.co.uk/
Block all www.islamictimes.co.uk results
New website coming soon. Sign up to our mailing list: Name Email Address. PO Box 103, Manchester M21 0YF [email protected]

Here is the post I had put up at this forum with an article from Champress on March 16th (Article date March 07):

http://www.wikileaks-forum.com/index.php/topic,9570.msg30649.html#msg30649

On the google search results for IslamTimes you can see the article that Champress has quoted in their own article.

It might be an idea to search for news in the French Language press due to the colonian legacy (French Mandate)....?

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Re: What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 13:08:59 PM »
Thankyou Green. Cabledrum, could this be the lead you were seeking?

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Re: What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 19:49:08 PM »
I have found nothing in french.

There is an article in Prensa Latina published yesterday 20 April, saying that:

"La agencia de noticias Cham Press informa que el pasado miércoles las autoridades hallaron una fosa común en un pozo ciego con más de una docena de cadáveres de personas secuestradas entre los pueblos de Sarmin y Binnesh en la provincia de Idleb, a 330 kilómetros de Damasco"

(The Cham Press news agency reported that on Wednesday authorities found a mass grave with more than a dozen corpses of hostages between the villages of Sarmin and Binnesh in Idleb province, 330 kilometers from Damascus)

They don't say if champress reported that yesterday, or if they gave this information on wenesday.


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Re: What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 21:12:47 PM »
Thanks for the investigation, Green,  but I have to contradict the result. Islam Times is not offline. Their article "US-led NATO troops operate inside Syria" was cited/republished by several media, e.g. by Tehran Times, Panarmenian Net, Al Manar and Press TV.

Islam Times (islamtimes.org) and Islamic Times (islamictimes.co.uk) have nothing to do with each other. Islamic Times seems to be a private page in UK which is out of service since 2008. The current "coming soon" page is 5 months old.

Yep, it's all there, thank you Cabledrum, mea culpa. Good luck with your worthy investigation.

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Re: What happened to Syrian news agency Cham Press?
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2012, 19:43:19 PM »
Cham Press website is back online. Explanation for 7 days downtime: none.

note to self...........always pay hosting in time ;)