The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has lifted all state funding for privately run theatres. According to the decision, announced in yesterday's official gazette, the 11 year-old governmental guideline on state funding for private theatres is no longer valid. Following huge reactions from the theatre world, a representative from the Ministry stated, "This was a decision brought on by the Ministry of Finance. We are trying to find some kind of formula to resolve it." Theatre-owners want the decision to be withdrawn, saying, "This decision could mean a huge blow to the theatre world".