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October 31, 2014

Journalist arrested in Sudan, held without charge

The National Intelligence and Security Services in Sudan arrested a journalist on Thursday last in Khartoum and has held him without charge since, according to news reports. Al-Nour Ahmed al-Nour is the Sudan correspondent for the pan-Arab London-based newspaper Al-Hayat and also works as a columnist for the Sudanese independent daily Al-Taghyeer. "Sudanese authorities must provide a reason for al-Nour Ahmed al-Nour's arrest or release him at once," said CPJ's Middle East and North Africa... MORE
October 28, 2014

Intelligence agency arrests leading Sudanese journalist

Al-Nur Ahmad Al-Nur , a leading Sudanese journalist who is the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat’s Sudan correspondent, was arrested by members of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Khartoum last Thursday evening for reasons that are still unknown. Al-Nur, who is also a columnist for the Sudanese daily Al-Tigheer, was arrested while on his way to his office and was initially taken to NISS headquarters. He was then transferred to Kober prison, from where he was able... MORE
July 23, 2014

Armed men raid Sudanese newspaper, beat editor

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned an attack on the offices of a privately owned newspaper in Sudan in which the publication's editor and another journalist were beaten. On Saturday, a group of armed men in plain clothes raided the offices of the daily Al-Tayar in the capital, Khartoum, confiscated laptops and cellphones, and destroyed equipment, according to news reports citing witnesses. The assailants also used their guns to beat the paper's editor-in-chief, Osman Mirghani ,... MORE
June 14, 2014

Sudanese journalist held without charge

The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned the detention of Hassan Ishaq , reporter for the privately owned daily Al-Jarida , who has been held without charge by Sudanese security forces since Tuesday. Ashraf Abd al-Aziz, Al-Jarida's editorial director, told CPJ he believed Ishaq had been arrested in connection with his coverage of a speech on Saturday by a leader of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party. He said Ishaq had traveled to Al-Nahud city to cover the speech. When it was over... MORE
May 23, 2014

Security forces suspend Sudan daily

The International Press Institute (IPI) Thursay condemned the Sudanese government’s suspension of a newspaper that has reported on allegations of high-level corruption, the latest move by the authorities to muzzle independent news media. Sudan’s state intelligence agency, or NISS, announced the suspension of the Al-Sayha daily on May 20 after confiscating its press run. It is one of several independent papers that have been targeted by the security forces in recent months. NISS issued a... MORE
April 4, 2014

Sudan targets independent newspapers

Sudanese security forces have carried out routine attacks on the country’s newspapers through confiscations of press runs in an apparent attempt to financially cripple independent media. Journalists and human rights advocates have told the International Press Institute that the seizure of newspapers has gone on for months but has intensified in recent weeks with no public explanation given. “The Sudanese government’s repression of independent news media is nothing new, but this latest assault... MORE
March 27, 2014

Sudan: Press institutions must be freed from clutches of security bodies

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has denounced Sudanese authorities’ ongoing confiscation of newspapers in an attempt to financially encumber these press institutions so that they are indirectly forced to be shut down. Sudanese security bodies have recently confiscated a number of newspapers without clarifying the reasons behind such measures. For instance, on March 23, they impounded with no reason Al-Sayha newspaper’s issue after it had been printed. In addition,... MORE
March 6, 2014

Sudan judiciary protects press freedom; authorities censor

The Committee to Protect Journalists today welcomed recent decisions by the Sudanese judiciary supporting press freedom and called on the government to stop confiscating independent newspapers. On Wednesday, Sudan's Constitutional Court reversed an order by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to shut down the independent daily Al-Tayar , according to news reports. Al-Tayar's print runs were confiscated several times in 2012, according to CPJ research, until it was suspended... MORE
February 13, 2014

Sudan confiscates editions of three newspapers

Sudanese authorities on February 4, 2014, confiscated the editions of three independent daily newspapers from the printing press, according to news reports and local press freedom groups. A spokesman said that the papers-- Al-Sahafa , Alwan , and Al-Ayam --had been confiscated because they had published stories on February 3, 2014, that used the word "Janjaweed" to describe the militias that had killed a merchant in the city of El-Obeid in North Kordofan state the day before, according to news... MORE
June 28, 2011

Sudan: Jailed editor facing possible death penalty or life imprisonment

The Sudanese justice system has decided to keep Abuzar Ali Al-Amin , the deputy editor of the opposition daily Rai Al-Shaab , in prison and to bring new charges against him based on complaints made by the security services, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Arrested in May 2010, Al-Amin was given a five-year jail sentence in July 2010 which the supreme court reduced to one year on May 2011. As a result, he had been due to be released on July 3. Now he... MORE