28 September 2013

Sudan: Omar Al-Bashir's Regime Continues Repressing Media to Stop Covering Its Crimes Against Sudanese People

Photo: Radio Dabanga
Confrontation between police and protesters in Khartoum.

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, denounces the Sudanese authorities for repressing the press and media freedoms during the last days in order to glass over the violations are being committed by the security bodies against the demonstrators. The Sudanese people are protesting against the regime of President Omar Al-Bashir, who is escaping from the International Criminal Court over the charges of committing crimes against humanity.

On Thursday 26 September 2013, the Sudanese authorities confiscated three newspapers after finishing their publications. These newspapers are "Almeghar", which was banned for five days, while the "Alsudani" newspaper was suspended for three days, besides suspending the "Alwatan" newspaper; despite the fact that these newspapers are close to the Sudanese authority.

The Sudanese authorities held a wide meeting with the editors-in-chief of the Sudanese newspapers along with the directors of the different media outlets in Sudan to inform them not to spread any news about the incidents are taking place in Sudan nowadays before consulting the authorities there. As a result, some newspapers were confiscated because of their refusal for that decision and to glass over the crimes are being committed. Those newspapers are "Algrar" newspaper, Al-Ayam and Al-Jarida. In addition, a number of journalists resigned from the newspapers, which accepted the demands of the authorities to become mouthpieces for the regime. The journalists' names are Hend Ramadan, Haider Al-Mekshafy, Sarah Tag El-Ser, Ezz Al-Din Arbab, and the journalists who work for "Al-Sahafa" newspaper because it described the protesters as saboteurs.

The authorities in Sudan had shut down the Khartoum offices of pan-Arab satellite channels Al-Arabiya and Sky News Arabia and confiscated their licenses. The security bodies arrested Saad Al-Din Hassan, a reporter in Al-Arabiya, and Tarek Al-Tegany, a reporter in Sky News, for short period.

It is reported that a large number of Sudanese journalists decided to start an open-strike, because of tightening the noose on their work by the regime, besides preventing them from covering the incidents.

A number of Sudanese cities witnessed during the last days a popular uprising; in protest against the fuel price hikes, which leading to raising the prices of the transportations to consequently increase the burden on the Sudanese people; who aspire the freedom and social justice. The Sudanese security forces used excessive violence to disperse these protests; leading to killing 100 people and injuring hundreds.

"The Sudanese regime increasingly tighten the noose on the media and press freedoms, which is an episode of repressing the press freedom to stop covering the violations of the regime. Moreover, the violations against the press freedom increased during the last period, especially the last two days, in order to glass over the crimes of Al-Bashir against the citizens", said the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information.

ANHRI elaborates that the freedoms of press and media witness the most fierce attack by Al-Bashir's regime; in a bid to gag the opposition.

ANHRI demands from the Arab and International community along with those who are interested in the press freedoms to urgently interact to press the government in Sudan, which breaches all the international and local legislations and to prevent it from controlling the press and media freedoms.

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