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Security Services Confiscate Newspapers

Security Authorities have confiscated Al Sayha newspaper on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 from the printing press without giving reasons as to why the measure was taken. The agents also confiscated Al Jareeda newspaper yesterday Monday just a day from the seizure of Akhbar Al Watan newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Sudanese Congress Party. Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services resumed confiscating newspapers after a gap of more than two months.

“Since Mr. Salah Gosh took over as NISS chief on 11 February, confiscation of newspapers has stopped,” according to Baj news website.

Chief Editor of Al Tayar newspaper, Mr. Osman Mirghani said his newspaper was harassed by NISS agents as they seized the print-runs in the printing press to prevent timely distribution. According to Reporters without Borders’ annual report, Sudan is among the world’s worst six nations in terms of freedom of press, it ranks number 174 of a total of 180 countries covered by the organization.

Article (19) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights provides that “everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes the right to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”.

Source: Al Sudanalyoum