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August 9, 2010

Sudan lifts censorship of newspapers, may re-impose if necessary

Sudan has lifted censorship of newspapers. National Intelligence and Security Service NISS Chief Mohamed Atta announced this on Saturday, according to the state-run Sundan Media Centre. NISS said it had observed that the "newspapers have committed to principles and guidelines set for publicity such as being précised (sic) on information set for publicity and observing national interest of the state as to respecting neighboring relations, avoid provoke ethnical seditions and call for secession... MORE
August 9, 2010

Sudan suspends BBC broadcasts on FM

Sudan halted Monday BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies after suspending its agreement with the British public broadcaster for reasons it said had nothing to do with its newscasts, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. In a statement carried by the official Suna news agency late on Sunday, the information ministry alleged that the BBC had imported technical equipment via British diplomatic courier. The details: [ Link ] Shortly after midnight, the BBC broadcasts on FM radio in the... MORE
July 18, 2010

Court in Sudan imposes prison sentences on three 'Rai Al Shaab' journalists

A Khartoum criminal court on Thursday sentenced three senior members of the opposition daily Rai Al Shaab (People’s Opinion) to jail terms ranging two to five years on charges of “publishing incorrect information” and “attacking the state with a view to undermining the constitutional system.” Deputy editor Abuzur Al Amin was given a five-year sentence while editor Ashraf Abdelaziz, and political editor Altahir Ibrahim received two-year sentences. The fourth journalist on trial, Ramadan Mahgoub... MORE
July 14, 2010

Sudanese newspaper banned over Darfur, Qaddafi

The Security and National Intelligence Service in Sudan has barred publication of the daily Al-Intibaha . Authorities suspended the newspaper last week because of the newspaper’s supposed role “in strengthening separatist tendencies in the south and the north,” a security official told local reporters. The suspension stemmed from a July 4 article by Editor-in-Chief El-Tayeb Mustafa that criticised Libyan involvement in Darfur and the role Muammar Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, plays in hosting a... MORE
June 7, 2010

Sudan carries on with newspaper censorship

Two newspapers in sudan failed to appear on newsstands over the weekend, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Sudanese authorities blocked printing of the opposition weekly Al-Maidan late Saturday after its staff failed to provide security personnel with an advance copy of the paper, Al-Maidan journalist Abdelgadir Mohammed Abdelgadir told CPJ. Abdelgadir said government censors had become particularly sensitive to stories about an ongoing physicians’ strike and talks in... MORE
May 25, 2010

Sudanese editor charged with terrorism and espionage

Sudanese authorities have charged an opposition journalist with terrorism and espionage and allegedly tortured him while in custody, according to local news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for the immediate release of Abu Zar al-Amin, deputy editor of the opposition daily Rai al-Shaab . Khartoum’s prosecutor-general charged al-Amin with “undermining the constitution,” “terrorism and espionage,” “publishing false news,” “undermining the prestige of the State,” and... MORE
May 17, 2010

Sudan shutters opposition paper, arrests three journalists

The Sudanese government has shut down opposition daily Rai al-Shaab and arrested three of its journalists, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Security forces raided Rai al-Shaab’s offices in Khartoum on Sunday morning, confiscating copies and equipment and stopping all printing, according to local and international news reports. Deputy Editor Abu Zar al-Amin and two reporters, Ashraf Abdel Aziz and Dahab Ibrahim, were arrested and are being held without charge, according... MORE
April 14, 2010

Sudanese journalist charged with 'waging war' against state

Sudanese authorities have pressed criminal charges against prominent journalist and opposition party member Al-Haj Ali Warrag, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The National Press Council's lead attorney charged Warrag on Sunday under the Sudanese Penal Code with “waging war against the state,” in connection with an article published on April 6 in the independent daily Ajras al-Huriya , the journalist told the New York-based CPJ. Warrag is the former editor of Ajras al-... MORE
March 18, 2010

Sudanese editors questioned for 'insulting' al-Bashir

Sudan’s official press regulator, the National Press Council, is investigating two editors accused of insulting President Omar al-Bashir, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Yass Omar al-Imam, editor-in-chief of the pro-opposition daily Rai al-Shaab , and Fayez al-Silaik, acting editor-in-chief of the independent daily Ajras al-Hurriya , were questioned Monday by officials with the National Press Council, according to news reports. Both editors are accused of insulting the... MORE
December 16, 2009

Journalists beaten in Sudan after covering protests

Several journalists attempting to report on clashes this week and last between government forces and protesters were detained and beaten up in Khartoum and the nearby city of Omdurman. Police detained more than 100 people during the clashes, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local news reports. On Monday, police arrested Lucia John Abui, a journalist for the Khartoum-based Al-Shuruq satellite channel, journalist Rashan Oushi from the independent... MORE