News from Khartoum
National Security suspends Abdul Baqi Al Zafir from writing
The writer of Al Sayha newspaper Mr. Abdul Bagi Al Zafir, was banned by the security from writing after publishing a report containing some partisan and organizational secrets about the reelection of President Omer Al Bashir in the 2020 elections. Meanwhile, the security repeatedly confiscated Al Sayha newspaper after the report was released.
The chairman of the Board of Directors of the newspaper Mr. Al Tayeb Mustafa said in a statement to Al Rakoba that the authorities notified them orally about the suspension of journalist Abdul Baqi Al Zafir from writing in the newspaper.
In his report published in the daily Al Sayha newspaper, Mr. Al Zafir revealed organizational secrets relating to Al Bashir reelection, discussed in closed party meetings over the past few days, including rising voices rejecting the reelection of Al Bashir. He said that Al Bashir launched an organizational war against a number of ruling party leaders who opposed his running for a further term, forcing them to comply and bless his candidacy in the 2020 elections.
The security apparatus has been pursuing the policy of suspending journalists as disciplinary punishment for the purpose of subjugating and humiliating journalists. The apparatus continues to maintain a suspension on writers Mr. Zuhair Al Sarraj and Osman Mirghani from practicing their writing profession.
Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides: “every one shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”.