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Wide detentions and summons of journalists, activists

After three days from the eruption of the demonstrations called by the Sudanese Professionals Association in downtown Khartoum on 31 December, a group of three security agents arrested journalist Mr. Faisal Mohamed Salih from his office on 3 January, his personal mobile was confiscated. Meanwhile, Alrakoba website reported that security agents summoned Mr. Mohamed Abdul Magid, a writer and journalist of Al Intibaha newspaper. The journalist is well-known for his independent writings critical of the government policies.

Article 39 of the Interim Constitution of the Sudan 2005 provides for the freedom of expression and media, it reads: “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 39 (2) reads: “The State shall guarantee the freedom of the press and other media as shall be regulated by law in a democratic society”.

Sources: Alrakoba