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October 3, 2009

President al-Bashir announces lifting of censorship but “we wait to see it in practice”

Sudan has decided to lift prior censorship on the written press. Paris-based Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), however, called for this announcement to be followed by real change and accompanied by further steps allowing greater press freedom in Sudan. President Omar al-Bashir on September 27 put an end by decree to censorship of all publications before printing that has been carried out by the intelligence services for the past 20 months. It was the result of an agreement between several... MORE
September 9, 2009

Sudanese journalist convicted of wearing trousers freed after union pays fine

A woman journalist convicted of public indecency for wearing trousers outdoors was freed Tuesday, despite her own desire to serve a month in prison as protest against Sudan's draconian morality laws, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. The judge who convicted Lubna Hussein had imposed a $200 fine as her sentence, avoiding the maximum sentence of 40 lashes in an apparent attempt to put an end to a case that had raised international criticism of Sudan. But Hussein refused to pay the fine,... MORE
August 5, 2009

Police beat women opposing trial of Sudanese journalist who wore trousers, hearing adjourned

The trial of Sudanese journalist Lubna Hussein, who faces 40 lashes after being arrested a month ago for wearing trousers, has been postponed, again, until September 7, according to International Press Institute (IPI) fellow Vuslat Dogan Sabancı, who was in Khartoum for the hearing. The delay in Hussein’s trial is apparently designed to give the judges time to decide whether Hussein’s job as a UN media officer when she was arrested will grant her immunity from prosecution. Hussein has already... MORE
June 1, 2009

As censorship continues, new repressive Sudanese press bill will make things worse

Sudanese media has suffered multiple blows in recent months as parliament considers a harshly repressive press bill and authorities impose an exceptional level of censorship. The press bill, introduced in the Sudanese National Assembly in April, falls far short of international standards for free expression, according to an analysis by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The bill appears to contradict provisions in the 2005 Sudanese Interim Constitution which guarantee... MORE
April 18, 2009

Executions in Sudanese editor's murder trigger doubts, outrage

Sudan's execution this week of nine men found guilty of involvement in the 2006 assassination of editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed is seen by many there as an outrageous miscarriage of justice, spurred by a thirst on the part of President Omar al-Bashir's regime for settling scores with the rebellious region of Darfur. All nine men were from this oppressed and poverty-stricken region of Sudan, which al-Bashir's power base holds responsible for the International Criminal Court's March... MORE
March 4, 2009

Sudan expels British-tunisian journalist over Darfur crisis and arms industry

Sudan has deported Tunisian journalist Zouhir Latif. Latif, who has political refugee status in Britain, was put on a flight bound for London on Sunday, according to Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). A freelance journalist who works for France 24’s Arabic-language service and the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, Latif was arrested at his home by intelligence agents on February 27 and was held for 48 hours before being expelled. RSF has condemned the decision. “We call on the Sudanese authorities to... MORE
March 3, 2009

Pushed on the backfoot, Sudan launches trenchant campaign against Darfur film

The Sudanese embassy in Cairo is said to have launched an extensive media campaign in Egyptian and Arab mass media in the wake of the release and distribution of the documentary Darfur Destroyed . The documentary, which was created by Aegis Trust and released on February 10, featured credible and documented testimonies and confessions of perpetrators of war crimes committed in Darfur, particularly with regards to the planning, execution, financing as well as those to be held accountable for... MORE
February 20, 2009

Sudanese government is censoring media, cracking down on rights activists/journalists

The Sudanese government is censoring the media and cracking down on human rights activists and journalists who speak out on human rights and justice. Harassment, repression and censorship has worsened in the last year, particularly since the International Criminal Court's (ICC) request for an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir in July 2008. A 21-page report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), 'It's an Everyday Battle: Censorship and Harassment of Journalists and Human Rights Defenders in... MORE
February 10, 2009

Sudan expels Canadian-Egyptian reporter over Darfur crisis and arms industry

Sudan has expelled a foreign journalist for reporting on the country's Darfur crisis and arms industry. Canadian-Egyptian reporter Heba Aly, who wrote for US news agency Bloomberg, Boston-based Christian Science Monitor newspaper and the United Nations news service IRIN, left the country last week. She told colleagues that officers from Sudan's security service contacted her and ordered her to leave days after she made enquiries about a Khartoum-based arms manufacturer, according to a Reuters... MORE
November 18, 2008

Sudanese police arrest 70 journalists over protest for press freedom

The Sudanese police Monday arrested 70 journalists in capital Khartoum where they had gathered to present a memorandum to lawmakers asking them to revise the Press and Media Law and to make it conform to the interim constitution. Scores of journalists rallied outside parliament condemning the censorship which flouts the freedom of expression supposed to be enshrined in Sudan's interim constitution following the end of a north-south civil war, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. Reporters and... MORE