20 July 2014

Sudan: Unknown Men Storm the HQ of "Altayar" Newspaper & Attack Its Editor-in-Chief

press release

Cairo: — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) denounces the attacks on Osman Merghani- editor-in-chief of the Sudanese newspaper of "AlTayar"- yesterday, July 19. A group of armed men stormed the newspaper's headquarters, threatened the employees there, confiscated their cell phones and laptops and then violently beat Osman Merghani, who was transferred to the hospital in order to receive treatment.

10 unknown gunmen, who were driving SUVs and in plain clothes, raided on the headquarters of "AlTayar" newspaper in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum and asked the employees there to sit down on the ground and to deliver their cell phones and laptops. Thereafter, they attacked the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Osman Merghani, by the gun butts violently and then he was transferred to the hospital.

The employees in the newspaper, who witnessed the incidents, said that the attack is likely a response to what Merghani has stated in a TV program and written in the newspaper concerning the normalization with Israeli besides his attack on Hamas movement. A storm of anger, consequently, aroused against him among the writers and journalists in the other newspapers. During the attack on him, the assailants were shouting in objection to his statements.

"The intellectual terrorism, which is being adopted by some sectors in Sudan against those with different views and reached the limit of armed attack on journalists in their newspapers' headquarters, proves the deliberated slackness by the Sudanese security bodies in defending the journalists and the press freedom. Such a matter, in turn, leads to the proliferation of violence and terrorism in the country," ANHRI says.

ANHRI calls on the Sudanese authorities to immediately arrest the perpetrators in order to stand trial. Moreover, it demands the restoration of security in Sudanese street, according to the law, and the serious protection of the headquarters of journalists' newspapers.

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