Category: Press Freedom

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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Freedom of expression essential for peace in S: Sudan: UN report

February 24, 2018 (JUBA) – Genuine reconciliation and lasting peace will only be achieved in South Sudan if people are free and safe to express their opinions regardless of their ethnic or political affiliations, the United Nations said in a new report. The report warns that undue restrictions on freedom of expression is “further shrinking the space for debate and dissent” in the conflict-affected country, while hate speech also continues to cause mistrust, fear and violence. Co-authored (…)


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Sudan confiscates three newspapers

February 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – In a new blatant breach of press freedom, the National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS), on Thursday morning, confiscated three newspapers without giving any reasons.
The seizure affected the independent Al-Jarida and Al-Tayyar newspapers and Al-Midan, the organ of the Sudanese Communist party.
The move comes in the context of the NISS efforts to contain the opposition calls for protests against the rising prices and to prevent any coverage of the (…)


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S. Sudan youths attack journalists during anti-US protests

February 6, 2018 (JUBA) – Angry South Sudanese youth protesting against the recent United States-imposed arms embargo attacked journalists covering the demonstration in the capital Juba, Tuesday.
Several youth entities, including from the ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) youth league organized the protests.
South Sudanese authorities have not responded over the incident, which occurred at a camp of the United Nations near Juba airport.
The demonstrators, eyewitness told (…)


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Sudanese security releases six journalists detained during bread protests

January 21, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and National Security Services (NISS) on Sunday released six journalists detained during last week’s anti-austerity protests.
As part of the 2018 budget, the government cut subsidies on wheat imports, driving the price of bread up and the Sudanese to the streets to protest against their rising cost of living.
The NISS arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns. Seven of (…)


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U.S. denounce arbitrary detention of Sudanese journalists

January 20, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – The United States has condemned Sudan’s arbitrary detention of a number of journalists during the ongoing wave of anti-austerity protests. The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns.
They arbitrary arrest was seen as an attempt form the security apparatus to dissuade the independent local media and international correspondents from covering (…)


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Sudanese security seizes Al-Watan newspaper, detains its chief editor

December 18, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has confiscated copies of Al-Watan newspaper from the printing house in the early morning of Monday without providing an explanation.
Also, Al-Watan managing editor Abdel-Wahab Musa told Sudan Tribune the newspaper’s chief editor Youssef Siraj was detained in the early hours of Monday and hasn’t yet been released.
He said the newspaper administration has notified the chairman of the pro-government Sudanese (…)


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British ambassador meets Sudanese journalists over press confiscation

December 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The British Ambassador to Sudan Michael Aron reportedly has pledged to work for a joint diplomatic action to support four Sudanese newspapers seized by the Sudanese security service for more than a week on daily basis.
Aron on Tuesday met with the editors in chief of Al-Tayyar, Akhir Lahza, Al-Jarida, and Al-Watan as the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) confiscated the printed runs of the four dailies for the eighth day.
On Monday, the four (…)


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Sudanese security confiscates 4 newspapers again

December 1, 2017 (KHARTOUM) -Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) on Friday has seized print runs of al-Tayyar, al-Jarida, al-Watan and Akhir Lahza newspapers from the printing house for the fourth consecutive day without giving reasons.
Chief-Editor of al-Tayyar Osman Merghani told Sudan Tribune he didn’t receive “clear and real” response from the NISS officers to his question about the repeated confiscations.
He said the pro-government Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) (…)


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