9 February 2014

Sudan: Journalists Still Prosecuted Due to a News Story About Al Gazira Governor's Health State

press release

Cairo: — The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today denounced the Sudanese authorities' continuity to use security solutions with journalists and opinion makers because of their peaceful opinions, their criticism of the situation in Sudan, or their coverage of incidents that recently witnessed by Sudan.

Sudanese security bodies, on February 6, arrested "Al Hurra" newspaper editor-in-chief "Bakry Al Madny", at his office in Khartoum. He was taken to Criminal Investigations headquarters at Press and Publications Prosecution in Al Gezira state. This was against the backdrop of publishing a news story about: (Sudden faint to Al Gezira governor after sharp debate with a delegation of Om Al-Kora village), which was published in a number of Sudanese newspapers on the 1st of February. Thereafter, the journalist was released ensuring his place of residence.

In the same context, security bodies apprehended "Alintibaha" newspaper editor-in-chief "Al Sadeq Ruzaiq" and journalist "Hashem Abdel Fatah" in order to interrogate them over the same piece of news.

ANHRI clarified that the interrogation of journalists because of piece of news, addressing Al Gezira Governor's Health State, came after a communique filed by Alaa El Din Abdel Wahab, Chief of Protocol at Al Gezira state's governmental administration. Abdel Wahab called on journalists to pay three billion Sudanese pounds to reduce the psychological harm over Al Gezira governor, Bashir Taha. Security bodies also started, on the 2nd of February, to investigate with Fatma Rabeh in the same communique .

ANHRI said "The constant target of journalists due to their writings, is a continuation of Sudanese authorities' intransigence against journalists and opinion makers. Such a matter contradicts Al Bashir's statement in which he claimed that he would carry out political reforms in the country and achieve freedom. This is proved through the actual practices of Sudanese security body which completely controls media and journalism and gag journalists who are opposing the regime through their writings. These are just slogans launched by Sudanese regime in an attempt to improve its image in front of the international community. "

ANHRI calls upon international community to firmly pressure Sudanese regime to respect freedom of expression and press freedom.

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