8 October 2013

Sudan: the Authorities Still Target the Journalists and Media Professionals, ANHRI Condemns the Arrest of 9 Journalists in Omdurman and the Trial of "Samar Merghany"

press release

Cairo: — ANHRI, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, expresses its strong condemnation of targeting the Sudanese journalists uninterruptedly by the security bodies of Omar Al-Bashir, against the backdrop of their coverage of the protests erupted in Sudan, or because of their demands of the media freedoms and suspending the tribal control on the newspapers.

Last Monday, the Sudanese security bodies arrested as to 9 journalists from the Umma Party (UP) in Omdurman city during their participation in a seminar organized by the Sudanese journalists network to condemn the tribal control imposed by the authorities on the newspapers.

On the other hand, the Sudanese activist "Samar Merghany" is supposed to appear before the court after arresting because of filming the protests. She was taken to the police station and was beaten. The police inspected her cell phone and charged her with false accusations, moreover, they harassed her and threatened her with rape.

It is reported that the security bodies of Omar Al-Bashir launches a fierce campaign against the activists and journalists in Sudan at the purpose of banning them from covering the incidents impartially and attempting to control thenewspapers in order to describe what is happening in Sudan as acts of sabotage and not to mention that these are protests against the regime.

On Thursday 26 September, the Sudanese authorities confiscated three newspapers and prevented their issues. 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.

The Sudanese authorities have previously shut the offices of Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya in Khartoum besides confiscating their license. The security bodies also arrested both of Saad El-Din Hassan, reporter in Al Arabiya, and Tarek El-Tegany, reporter in Sky News. Then, they were released after this arbitrary arrest.

ANHRI stated that, "The fierce security campaign against the media outlets and the freedoms by the authorities aims to weaken the morale of the activists, journalists and opinion makers so as to prevent them from doing their work and transferring the Sudanese protests, which reveal the brutal abuses by the regime, to both of the local and international public opinion".

ANHRI warns Omar Al-Bashir of continuing the use of security solutions and committing more crimes against the Sudanese people, because such acts would increase the hostile of the Sudanese people, who aspire to the freedom, as the security solutions wouldn't thwart their will.

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