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Advanced methods used to repress press and journalists as demonstrations in Sudan intensifies

Security authorities have arrested a number of young men and women in central Khartoum at the time they fired teargas to disperse protesters. Last Thursday, Khartoum witnessed heavy security reinforcements, including deployment of police and security forces.

Protesters marched for a quarter of an hour before being dispersed by the authorities in subways near Sayed Abdul Rahman Street. The Sudanese professionals Association has called for protests in a number of Sudanese cities, including the capital Khartoum.

According to Baj News website, the authorities arrested a number of journalists, including Mr. Faisal Mohammed Saleh, Ms. Shamael Al Nour, Mr. Al Zain Osman, Mr. Mohammed Salman, and Mr. Khaled Fathi.

The above measures contravene article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides for freedom of opinion and expression. It also contravenes the provisions of Article 39 (1) of the Constitution of Sudan which states: “every citizen shall have an unrestricted right to the freedom of expression, reception and dissemination of information, publication, and access to the press without prejudice to order, safety or public morals.

Source; Bajnews