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Security Services Silence Sudanese Newspapers

“Reporters without Borders” stated that on Thursday 17 June ,Sudanese security agents confiscated three newspapers namely El Tayyar, Al Youm Al Tali and Al Jareeda in a bid to silence Sudanese newspapers.

The human rights body in a statement confirmed the post-print confiscation of the three newspapers, with security agents giving no reasons. According to the statement, Al Tayyar newspaper was confiscated on 10 and 11 June 2018 after publishing an article whose writer stated the economic crisis could be resolved if President Al Bashir steps down. The security agents have also questioned journalists who wrote on “sensitive issues”.

Journalist Ms. Shamael Al Nour who contributed an article to the “Reporters without Borders” said NISS agents questioned her twice. “Investigators reminded me of redlines including President-related coverage,” the rights body reported the journalist as saying.

According to the statement of the rights body NISS agents on Wednesday confiscated the print-runs of Al Youm Al Taali newspaper just days after prohibiting Al Jareedda newspaper from distributing its issues in Khartoum.

“Sustaining free press in Sudan is now on test,” the statement reports Arno Faraji, head of the Reporters without Borders’ Africa Section, as saying.

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which was ratified by Sudan provides in its Article (19) that “everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference. Everyone 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 though any other media of his choice”

Security agents confiscated three Sudanese newspapers

Source: Al Sudanalyoum