News from Khartoum
Arab Network for Crisis Information: Tens of violations against Sudanese journalists and press
The Arab Network for Crisis Information reported that tens of journalists and newspapers have been subjected to violations by the security authorities, saying the excesses are tantamount to crimes punishable by the law.
The Network, in a statement published on the website of Al Taghyeer on Saturday 8 February, stated that journalists were targeted and arrested by raiding their houses, work places or picked from the streets while doing their processional work.
The statement pointed out that restrictions were imposed on newspapers in the form of pre-publication censorship and repeated confiscations after printing.
The Network documented the violations before and after the protests and released the names of journalists, media professionals and correspondents of newspapers and TV channels and broadcasters who had been subjected to violations, detentions and dismissal from work.
The Network affirmed the unconstitutionality of these measures which violate human rights charters signed and ratified by the Government of the Sudan.
The fierce campaign comes in the wake of protests that engulfed the country since last December, leading to increased violations against press and journalists in a manner that contravenes Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which 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”.