Home | News    Tuesday 6 September 2011

Sudan confiscates pro-opposition paper

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

September 5, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan on Sunday blocked the publication of a paper affiliated with a major opposition party, in the latest assault against freedom of press by the country’s security authorities.

JPEG - 21.2 kb
(Photo taken from www.middle-east-online.com)

Al-Maydan, the bi-weekly mouthpiece of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), on Monday circulated a release saying that copies of its Sunday’s edition were confiscated by agents of the country’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

The paper said that no reason or justification was given for the confiscation, which occurred after the paper was printed.

Al-Maydan noted that this was the sixth time in the last four months that its copies had been confiscated, crying foul over the heavy financial losses it incurred as a result.

The paper went on to censure the National Council of Press and Publication, the official regulator of print-media, and the government-controlled Union of Sudanese journalists for their failure to respond to such violations by the security apparatus.

“As much as we condemn the recurring behavior of the NISS towards our paper and others, we also condemn the negative attitude of the press council and union of journalists towards what is happening and we consider it as part of a wider conspiracy targeting newspapers and journalists in order to further restrict journalistic work,” the paper’s release said.

Sudan’s constitution guarantees freedom of press but newspapers, especially privately owned and pro-opposition ones, are frequently subjected to a variety of measures to prevent them from reporting on issues deemed sensitive by the authorities.

Those measures include direct pre-publication censorship, confiscation, legal proceedings and denial of state adverts. Confiscation, in particular, inflicts severe financial damages on the papers which are already hard-pressed due to low circulation revenues.

Over the last couple of month, Sudan’s NISS confiscated copies of two privately owned dailies, Al-Ahdath and Al-Jaridah, after they were printed and without explanation.

In the same vein, a Sudanese lobby group has denounced the confiscation of papers as a constitutional abomination.

The Network of Sudanese Journalists said on Monday that the confiscation of Al-Maydan and Al-Jaridah violated Sudan’s interim constitution and international accords ratified by the country.

The group said that NISS’s continuing confiscation of papers was a dangerous indication of curtailing the freedom of expression and of restricting and weakening the press.

Reporters Without Borders, an international organization, in June slammed "the disgraceful way the [Sudanese] authorities are harassing and prosecuting journalists in Khartoum and the north of the country in an attempt to silence them and stop embarrassing revelations about human rights violation by the security forces"

Another press-freedom watchdog, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said that Sudanese authorities continue to “aggressively” target individual journalists and publications through "contrived legal proceedings, politicized criminal charges, and confiscations".

Results published as part of UNESCO 2011 World Press Freedom Day, Sudan ranks as 40 out of 48 in Sub-Saharan Africa for press freedom. Amnesty International described Sudan as a place where freedom of speech is being "openly violated"

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


s
Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Sudan’s renegade Sheikh 2017-09-12 12:44:55 By Ahmed H Adam Tensions between the Sudanese regime and militia commander Sheikh Musa Hilal has reached a tipping point in recent weeks. On July 20, Sudanese Vice President Hassabo Abdel (...)

The UN’s WHO knows cholera vaccines have been used effectively: why not in Sudan? 2017-09-09 23:05:26 Eric Reeves The UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) continues in its refusal to call the cholera epidemic that has spread throughout Sudan by its proper name (cholera is caused by the Vibrio (...)

Why a technocratic transitional government in South Sudan? 2017-09-09 07:17:12 Dr Lam Akol The youngest country in the world was born amid great expectations and hopes for the future. These were not day dreams or castles built in the air. The hope was based on the fact (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Amnesty calls to release Nubian activists detained over protest for cultural rights 2017-09-12 20:47:54 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 12 September 2017 Egypt: Release 24 Nubian activists detained after protest calling for respect of their cultural rights Egyptian authorities should (...)

New group formed to gather Nuer in United States 2017-08-17 14:15:50 DECLARATION FOR THE FORMATION OF NUD TO BRING TOGETHER ALL NUER IN THE U.S.A Press Statement The Nuer Union For Development (NUD) The United State of America The State of Nebraska August 15, (...)

A prominent Sudan Women and Civil rights activist passed away 2017-08-14 21:09:47 The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Khartoum, Sudan-August 14 2017 In the early hours of Saturday 12th August Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim, a renowned Sudanese leader of the (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2017 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.