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Police surround the home of journalist and make arrest, Gezira State
On Tuesday evening, armed police forces in Sudan surrounded the home of journalist Mr. Mohammed Osman Babikir, a specialist in Eastern affairs in the village of Samir in the suburb of Al Samir in Gezira State and took him in a humiliating manner because of his writings in Facebook and WhatsApp.
Al Rakoba website reported that police forces forcibly took Babikir in his nightdress (a short Jalabiya and flip-flops), to the northern police station, and was later transferred to Kassala because the governor of Kassala State was not happy with the journalist’s criticism of his government in social media.
The governor of Kassala State, Mr. Adam Jamma is taking advantage of the emergency law to carry out many violations against opponents and fears the journalist might be tried under this law. Despite Idriss’ appeals to the journalist union, the latter did not stir a finger.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides: “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”