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Security orders Alaraby TV team to leave country within 24 hours

Security authorities have prevented some news channels based in Sudan from covering recent protests. The team of the Alaraby TV was ordered to leave the country within 24 hours for covering anti-government protests.

The TV network on 26 December, 2018 confirmed on Twitter that security authorities prevented the local correspondent of Alraby from providing production services to their office in Khartoum.

In related news, security agents summoned some directors of media companies and ordered them not to produce reports on anti-government demonstrations and prevented some international news channels from operating in Khartoum. According to Radio Dabango on 26 December 2018, local service providers having contracts with the companies said they had been ordered not to provide any services or assistance for covering the demonstrations. The security authorities also demanded the media companies operating in the field of international media not to host guest commentators or produce reports on recent protests.

It is to be noted that Sudan has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19 of the Covenant provides: “Everyone 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.

Source: Dabanga Sudan