News from Khartoum
Radio Dabanga releases list of detained journalists
Radio Dabanga website reported a number of cases of detentions and interrogations faced by Sudanese journalists. According to the website, security authorities detained journalist Ali Al Dali from the newspaper’s office, and filed a case against female journalist Ms. Shamael Al Nour accusing her of defaming juristic persons. On Sunday 3 February, security forces detained journalist and rights defender Hussein Saad, his hired car was intercepted by security agents and was taken to an unknown destination. In the town of Nyala, a court sentenced journalist Adam Mahdi to three months imprisonment under the emergency law and he is jailed in the grand prison in Nyala and denied family visits.
According to the website, journalists Ms. Eman Osman, Ali Al Dali, Hussein Saad, Adil Ibrahim Kalour, Ageil Ahmed Naem, Kamal Karrar, Omer Guma, Ghurashi Awad, Ismail Abdul Magid, Amin Sinnada, Tariq Ali, Sayed Ahmed Ibrahim, Musaab Mohamed Ali, Mohamed Babikir, and Ismail Bilal from the northern TV Channel all are in security detentions.
According to Radio Dabanga, the External Information, at the behest of security authorities revoked licenses of the correspondent of Al Arabiya TV Channel Saad Al Din Hssan, correspondent of Turkish News Agency Anadolu Bahram Abdul Moneim and photographer Mahmood Hajhaj, and at the same time refused to renew licenses of correspondents of Al Jazeera Channel Osama Sayed Ahmed, Ahmed Al Riheid and photographer Badawi Bashir because of their coverage of anti-regime popular protests.
Government of Sudan is obligated by the provisions of the constitution of the Sudan which provides in its Article 39-1: 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 5-1 of the Press and Publication Act 2009 states: press shall be exercised in a free and independent manner as determined by law.