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June 18, 2011

Sudan: Ten journalists hounded for covering rights violations

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the disgraceful way the authorities are harassing and prosecuting journalists in Khartoum and the north of the country in an attempt to silence them and stop embarrassing revelations about human rights violation by the security forces. “While the international community and media have their attention turned to South Sudan’s future independence and the fighting in Abyei and South Kurdufan, the human rights and media... MORE
June 6, 2011

Sudan journalists who report on rape charged with crimes

Sudan has pressed criminal charges against 10 journalists who have reported on the alleged rape and torture of a youth activist, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The activist said she was raped after participating in a demonstration in January. "Rather than address the systematic failures that enable torture and rape, the Sudanese government has chosen to subject journalists who cover them to politicised legal proceedings," said CPJ Middle... MORE
April 5, 2011

Southern Sudan agents seize Juba Post copies

Security agents of the semi-autonomous government of Southern Sudan confiscated 2,500 copies of the independent biweekly newspaper, The Juba Post , on Wednesday, according to Chief Editor Michael Koma. Security officers briefly detained the paper's distribution officer on Thursday morning at Juba airport. The agents also summoned Koma for questioning, but the editor declined to appear, he told CPJ. The Juba Post is printed in Khartoum due to a lack of printing facilities in southern Sudan, Koma... MORE
March 18, 2011

Security forces in Sudan hound journalists who cover their abuses

Sudan’s security forces have been waging a campaign of harassment against journalists in an attempt to silence media criticism. At their request, the attorney-general questioned three journalists who drew attention to their mistreatment of human rights activists, including cases of rape, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The collusion between the attorney general’s office and the security forces is unacceptable,” RSF secretary-general Jean-François... MORE
February 1, 2011

Journalists censored, held in Sudan protests

The press freedom scene is worsening in Sudan, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The country is already hostile to the work of journalists and seizures of journals and arrests of media professionals yesterday in connection with popular demonstrations raise fears of a major return of repression. “We condemn the wish of the Khartoum government to censor news by intimidating journalists and dissuading them from covering protest movements,” RSF said. “As... MORE
January 29, 2011

Sudan: Two journalists could be hanged for discussing secession

Two newspaper journalists based in the eastern city of Port Sudan have been accused of trying to overthrow the constitution, a charge punishable by hanging, just for raising the possibility of eastern Sudan’s secession in an article, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. The press freedom organization calls on the judicial authorities to see reason. It is utterly unacceptable that these journalists are facing a possible death sentence. The courts must... MORE
January 28, 2011

CPJ finds obstruction during Sudanese referendum

Sudanese authorities harassed, obstructed, and censored local and international news media covering this month's referendum concerning independence for South Sudan, a Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) analysis has found. South Sudanese cast ballots from January 9 through 15. Preliminary results show overwhelming approval for independence, although ballot-counting irregularities have been reported. CPJ documented several press freedom violations while the referendum was under way. On... MORE
January 7, 2011

Call for the authorities to respect press freedom ahead of South Sudan independence vote

The authorities in Southern Sudan and the government in the capital Khartoum have been urged to guarantee the safety of journalists and pluralism of news and information two days ahead of an historic referendum on independence for South Sudan. The South Sudanese will vote on January 9 – marking a decisive step in their history – whether or not to secede from the rest of Sudan, bringing about partition of Africa’s largest country, on the sixth anniversary of the peace agreement that ended a... MORE
December 19, 2010

Sudanese police attack journalist, delete photos

Sudanese security officers attacked BBC correspondent James Copnall on Tuesday as he was reporting on a demonstration and ensuing arrests, the journalist reported. Officers also confiscated Copnall's recording equipment, New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Police in Khartoum, who had detained numerous protesters, also deleted photographs from the cameras of several journalists who were waiting in front of a police station for the release of... MORE
November 4, 2010

Sudan: Two journalists arrested in the past week

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned Wednesday's arbitrary arrest of journalist Gafar Alsabki Ibrahim during a raid by intelligence officials on the independent newspaper Alsahafa . They took him away to an unknown location after making him surrender his mobile phone and preventing him from alerting his family. No reason was given for his arrest. The press freedom organization urged the authorities to publicly explain why they carried out the raid and... MORE