27 June 2012

Tunisia: The Sudanese Regime Is Surrounding the Country By Repression of the Media to Cover Up the Uprising

press release

The regime harasses bloggers , deport journalist , block websites and confiscate journals to cover up its violations and failure to repress the uprising since it was started 12 days ago.

ANHRI condemns the Sudanese authorities scalation against the bloggers and journalists. ANHRI considers it as part of the blackout media policy which is practiced by the regime against the uprising since 12 days and until now.

The Sudanese authority committed a serious violations, which is "very hard to be followed, as it is a lot and the spread of the news and it took place in a very short period" ANHRI said.

Such violations included the arrest of many of the bloggers .deportation of some of the journalists, confiscation of journals, and block of a significant news websites

ANHRI monitored, via some of the citizens in Khartoum, the block of "at least" three significant and interactive news websites, starting from June 25. These websites are "Sudanese on line, ِlrakoba and the website of the "Horayte newspaper".

That websites are widely known to the people of the Sudan, "Sudanese on line' considers to be a podium to the opposition in the Sudan and a very important platform to the interactive of the public opinion in the Sudan"

In addition, ANHRI monitored the arrest of many bloggers since the beginning of the people uprising, which the university students are the cornerstone of it, especially in Khartoum and Omdurman.

The last arrested blogger yesterday, was "Maha El-Sinosi" the activist. She was arrested on Thursday night of June 26 from her house after 14 soldiers, from the security and intelligence forces, broke into her house, the she was resealed in the morning.

At the same day in the morning, the Sudanese authorities deported the Egyptian journalist of "Bloomberg news Agency" "Salma El-Werdani". She was forced to go to the airport and they did not gave her the chance to back her bag and stuff as well as she was baned from contacting any entity until she get up to the plane.

A short while before the eruption of the current riots, the security authority stopped the "Rai El-Sha'b" and "El-Tayar" newspapers from being issued. It is also continued to confiscate the "El-Medan, Al-Jareedah and El-Sahafa" newspapers and other journals for long weeks during the last months.

Journalists asserted to ANHRI that what is so called "controlling the newspapers" in the security authority, issued instructions to ban a several writes from writing in the newspapers. Comes at the top list of them, the professor "El-Tayb Zien Al-Bdeen", and proffesors s"Hidar El-Makahsfy, Fayex El-Salek, Dr. Zohir El-Serag, Rasha Awed, Abouzer Ali Ameen, Khaled Fadel, Amel Hebany, Ashrf Abdulaziz, El-Taher Abu Gawhara and Osman Shabouna".

In the light of the significant blackout on media, which is practiced by the authorities, the Sudanese youth succeeded to convey what is going on there via "twitter, Facebook and YouTube"

The activists broadcasted videos on "YouTube", shows the execution of the whipping judgment against some protesters after being sent to ambiguous trials after being arrested for hours.

During the last few days, the authorities arrested hundreds of activists and protesters. Although that most of them were released after hours, but some of them reported the details, that they were being humiliated and insulted, and tens faced unfair trials.

ANHRI called all of the stakeholders of media and human right activists to spot the light to reveal the violations which is conducted by the Sudanese authorities and fail the media blackout, which is practiced by the regime.

ANHRI warns of the continuation and escalation of the arrest, especially after the call of the activists to major protests on Friday June 29, under the name of "Friday of elbow-licking".

ANHRI said that the frequent testimonies prove that the Sudanese forces used the live bullets, not just rubber bullet and tear gas bomb. That declare its intention to continue upscaling to face the protesters who are determined to practice their constitutional and legal rights.

ANHRI concluded its press release, that "all of the violations are crimes being added to the record of El- Bahsir", are not being wasted and everyone will responsible for repress the protesters, hurt or torture them, will be judged.

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