30 March 2014

Sudanese Authorities Still Impound Newspapers and Tighten the Noose On Journalists

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, condemned Sudanese authorities' continuation of imposing its security grip on press freedom, through the confiscation of newspapers following their print, in addition to the preclusion of journalists and opinion makers from writing in newspapers.

Today, Sunday, Sudanese security bodies banned the distribution of "Almidan" newspaper's issue; leading the newspaper's administration to incur great losses. This confiscation came a few hours after the Sudanese security body impounded Al-Jarida newspaper, Friday issue, without any clear grounds, and for the fourth time during the current month of March.

In a continuation of the prosecution of journalists and opinion makers, the security body on March 27, Thursday, summoned journalist "Mahgoub Erwa"- AlAswaq economic newspaper chairman of the board- and "Ahmed Abdullah Al-Toum"- AlAswaq editor-in-chief- against the backdrop of their journalistic profession. Additionally, Hayder Khair Allah- Al-Jarida newspaper reporter- was suspended on March 3 from writing for an indefinite period.

"The inhibition of distributing "Almidan" newspaper's issue, by Sudanese security body, together with the confiscation of "Al-Jarida" newspaper issues appear to be a perpetuation of a fierce campaign launched by Sudanese authorities to curb press freedoms. Moreover, the authorities attempt to oblige those newspapers, which refuse to comply with the security instructions, to be indirectly shut, through the confiscation and ban on distribution in order to encumber the press institutions, under the high costs of printing the newspapers.

ANHRI calls on Sudanese authorities to discontinue the harassment of press institutions and journalists. Also, the authorities should increase the space for press and media freedoms, and stop tightening the noose on them.

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