News from Khartoum
Correspondent beaten during coverage of demonstrations in Khartoum
Ms. Yusra Al Bagir, an independent correspondent who reports to several international news channels was beaten and her clothes were torn up by security agents while covering peaceful demonstrations in downtown Khartoum, according to her report on Twitter account, published on Mashhad alsudani website on 31 December.
Ms. Yusra explained she was assaulted by security agents while taking pictures of security trucks; they fired teargas at her car and yelled “give us the camera”. When she opened the door of her car a security agent caught her from her cloths. She published her picture with a torn up cloth caused by the assault.
Article 39 of the Interim Constitution of the Sudan 2005 provides for freedom of expression and media: “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 as determined by law”.
Article 39 (2) reads: “The State shall guarantee the freedom of the press and other media as shall be regulated by law in a democratic society”.