Category: Press Freedom

Sudan seizes newspapers, summon editors over meeting with EU-US diplomats

October 4, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan security apparatus seized entire print runs of two newspaper Thursday and summoned their editors in chief, 24 hours after calling European Union Ambassador in Khartoum to protest the organisation of meeting with Sudanese journalists.
The Sudanese authorities used to confiscate newspapers for covering opposition activities, publishing critical opinion articles or sensitive news, but this is the first time they punish journalists for meeting with foreign (…)


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Sudan summons EU envoy to protest meeting over press freedom

October 3, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese government summoned on Wednesday European Union Ambassador in Khartoum, Jean-Michel Dumond to protest a statement his mission issued Tuesday after a meeting with Sudanese journalists on the press freedom co-organised by European and US diplomats.
In a statement released after the meeting on Tuesday, the western diplomat pledged to discuss the freedom of the press with the Sudanese government pointing to the “importance in promoting and protecting human (…)


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Sudanese security seizes Al-Saiha newspaper for fourth time

September 10, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Monday seized copies of Al-Saiha newspaper from the printing house without stating reasons.
The confiscation of Al-Saiha is the fourth of its kind during three weeks. It comes in continuation of previous confiscations which began prior to Eid al-Adha holiday.
It is noteworthy that Al-Saiha columnist Abdel-Bagi Al-Zafer has recently published “the behind-the-scenes report” on the ruling National (…)


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Sudanese security summons two female journalists, suspends columnist

September 9, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Saturday has interrogated Chief-Editor of Baj News website Lina Yacoub for 12 hours.
Yacoub was summoned to the NISS office in Khartoum at 4:00 pm (local time) on Saturday and allowed to leave at 4:00 am on Sunday. She was ordered to report to the same office at 9:00 am on Sunday.
Reliable sources told Sudan Tribune that Yacoub has been pressured to reveal the names of her sources.
Baj News is an (…)


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Sudanese security confiscates 3 newspapers, bans TV show

August 31, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Friday seized copies of Al-Jareeda, Al-Saiha and Al-Ray Al-Aam newspapers from printing house and banned a TV show without giving a reason.
On a Facebook post on Friday, the editorial team of Al-Jareeda said it decided to suspend publishing on Saturday and Sunday in protest against the NISS “systematic attack” on the newspaper.
It added the editorial team would consider all available options, stressing (…)


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Sudan’s security apparatus confiscates two newspapers

August 27, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Monday seized copies of Al-Jareeda and Al-Saiha newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Journalists working for the two newspapers told Sudan Tribune the confiscation comes in continuation of previous confiscations which began prior to Eid al-Adha holiday.
They pointed out that the NISS director Salah Gosh, in a recent meeting with Chief-Editors of the newspapers, has stated (…)


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Sudanese security confiscates Al-Jareeda newspaper for second time

July 23, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Monday seized copies of Al-Jareeda newspaper for the second day in a row without giving reasons.
On Sunday, the NISS confiscated entire print runs of Al-Jareeda and Masadir newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons. Al-Jareeda has been one of the most newspapers in Sudan subject to suspension and confiscation. In May 2016, the NISS confiscated copies of the newspaper four times during (…)


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Sudanese security seizes two newspapers

July 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Sunday seized copies of Al-Jareeda and Masadir newspapers from the printing house without stating reasons.
Chief-Editor of Al-Jareeda Ashraf Abdel-Aziz told Sudan Tribune the NISS confiscated print runs of his newspaper without giving reasons, saying he was later summoned to the information department at the NISS.
Abdel-Aziz pointed out that Al-Jareeda incurred a financial loss of 200,000 Sudanese (…)


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Sudanese security confiscates two newspapers

July 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Sunday seized copies of Al-Jareeda and Akhir Lahza newspapers without stating reasons.
Chief-Editor of Akhir Lahza, Osama Abdel-Magid told Sudan Tribune the NISS didn’t give them any reasons for the confiscation, pointing out to the large financial loss incurred by the news daily.
It is noteworthy that Akhir Lahza is owned by a member of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and former governor of (…)


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Sudan’s security apparatus ban journalists from reporting

June 14, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security service Thursday enforced a new crackdown on journalists and the press as it withdrew the licence of a journalist reporting for a pan Arab newspaper and confiscated the entire print-runs of local newspapers.
Ahmed Younes, the correspondent of Asharq aA-Awast told Sudan Tribune that the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) withdrew his licence and stopped him from reporting to his London based newspaper.
He further said his (…)


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Sudanese security confiscates Al-Jareeda newspaper

June 6, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Wednesday seized copies of Al-Jareeda newspaper from the printing house without giving reasons.
In a post on his Facebook page, Chief-Editor of Al-Jareeda Ashraf Abdel-Aziz said the NISS confiscated the newspaper without stating reasons.
However, journalists working for Al-Jareeda told Sudan Tribune the seizure was likely due to the newspaper’s continued reporting on the hard living conditions in the (…)


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Sudanese security bans 4 journalists from travelling to Saudi Arabia

May 22, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Tuesday morning prevented four journalists from travelling to Saudi Arabia without stating reasons.
Saudi Arabia Ministry of Information has extended an invitation to the four journalists among a group of Arab journalists to attend a meeting in Jeddah on Thursday.
The NISS agent at Khartoum Airport told the journalists they are banned from travelling without giving reasons, asking them to report to the (…)


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South Sudan shuts BBC stations over “unpaid arrears”

April 18, 2018 (JUBA) The authorities in South Sudan have shut down the BBC’s FM relay stations in the capital, Juba and in the town of Wau.
The decision, an official said, was taken after the London-based radio ignored requests to pay arrears, despite a reminder in January.
“On 22 January 2018, the minister [of information] wrote to them [BBC] cancelling the agreement and informed BBC to pay SSBC [South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation] all the arrears and come to negotiate the new agreement (…)


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S. Sudan: Rights body condemns closure of UN radio

March 13, 2018 (JUBA) – The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) has “categorically” and in the “strongest” term condemn the decision taken by South Sudan Media Authority to suspend Radio Miraya.
South Sudan’s media regulatory body ordered the United Nations-backed radio station to suspend operations for failing to acquire a broadcasting license, which, it said, is a mandatory requirement.
CPJ’s executive director, Tito Anthony, described the decision taken by South Sudanese authorities as (…)


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Al-Tayyar’s opposition to Bashir’s reelection, source of its troubles

March 13, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The targeting of Al-Tayyar newspaper by the security service has been motivated by its opposition to the nomination of President Omer al-Bashir to run for a new term in 2020 elections, Sudan Tribune has learned.
Osman Mirghani, the publisher and Chief-Editor of Al-Tayyar said on Monday he intends to file a suit against the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) due to continued confiscations of his independent daily.
Speaking in a press conference, (…)


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Al-Tayyar newspaper to file a lawsuit against Sudanese security

March 12, 2018 (KHARTOUM) Publisher and Chief-Editor of Al-Tayyar newspaper Osman Mirghani said he intends to file a suit in the Constitutional Court against the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) due to continued confiscations of his news daily.
Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Mirghani said the NISS since last week has forced the printing house not to hand over copies of Al-Tayyar until after 6:00 am (local time) which adversely impacts on the daily sales of the (…)


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S. Sudan should allow UN-backed radio operate, says CPJ

March 10, 2018 (NAIROBI) – South Sudanese authorities should allow the United Nations-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Friday.
South Sudan’s media regulatory body ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had allegedly not acquired a broadcasting license, which, it said, is a mandatory requirement.
“South Sudanese authorities must ensure Radio Miraya is permitted to operate unhindered,” said CPJ’s (…)


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Sudanese security releases two journalists

February 26, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Monday has released two journalists detained for more than three weeks after a series of protests against the increasing prices in the country.
The two released journalists Al-Haj Almoz and Ahmed Gadain had been arrested following a peaceful demonstration in Khartoum North on 31 January.
A third journalist Kamal Karar who is also a member of the Central Committee of the Sudanese Communist Party is still (…)


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