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Three Sudanese newspaper print runs seized

On Friday, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) confiscated the printed issue of El Jareeda, El Tayyar, and El Rai El Aam newspapers from the printing press without explanation or clarification to the reasons of the confiscation. These confiscations were permanent instead of a temporary delay in distribution. The confiscation was carried out without any explanation as usual. The Security officials did not only simply delay the distribution as it was in the past, where the copies would be returned after 8 am, but they kept the newspapers in the printing press until the time of distribution was over.

This is not the first time that the Security confiscates the newspapers after printing or delaying their distribution by reserving them in the printing press and will not be the last. All newspapers opposed to the regime have been subjected to confiscation, delay in distribution and seizure at the printing press, and these procedures causing heavy losses to the newspaper, hindering distribution and preventing the readers access to it. The Al-Midan newspaper, the official spokesman of the Communist Party, was subjected to confiscation and delayed distribution many times, as well as Al-Ayyam, Al-Baath and other Sudanese newspapers, which are counted on the opposition and criticize the government’s economic, political and foreign policies.

The confiscation of newspapers or the delaying in the distribution or detention in the printing press is a violation of the Constitution and contrary to international conventions and laws that stipulates the right to publish and press freedom and the citizen’s right to receive information, news and publications unconditionally. This is what the Khartoum government, which continues to violate international laws and conventions, does not abide by. It does not even committed by the Interim Constitution of Sudan for 2005, which expressly stipulates freedom of the press and publications in Article 39, paragraph 2, which provides for freedom of the press and other media as regulated by law in a democratic society.

Seizing newspapers is vaulting the right to freedom of expression which had written in article (19) in the international human right declaration (everyone has the right to freedom f opinion and expression, this rights includes to hold opinions without interference and seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers), also seizing papers is violates Sudan constitution which had written in article 39 (39,2: the state shall guarantee the freedom of press and other medias shall be regulated by law in a democratic society).