News from Khartoum
Government threatens to prosecute activists through Interpol
The Government of Sudan reportedly embarked upon measures to prosecute some Sudanese personalities abroad through the Interpol, describing them as provocateurs and fabricators of false news about recent protests.
The Minister of State at the Ministry of Information and Communications, Mr. Mamoon Hassan Ibrahim, in statement published on Sudantribune website has revealed that competent authorities and local apparatuses had taken legal measures through the Interpol to prosecute fabricators of false news on the social media.
The Minister, at a meeting with managers of satellite TV channels and national radios, said negative media reporting had undermined the security of the Sudan and might lead to chaos in the country, and affirmed the state is living up to its full responsibilities by enforcing strict laws against cybercrimes through surveillance of social media rabble-rousers within and outside Sudan.
Last week Sudan’s State Security Prosecution Service filed cases against 38 persons including journalists and electronic space activists, 28 of them reside abroad, and issued warrant of arrests against them. The Prosecution charged them under Articles 66, 69 and 77 of the Criminal Act and Article 17 of the Cybercrime Act, accusing them of instigation, public disturbance, publication of false news, undermining public peace and security and defamation of natural and juristic persons.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: 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.