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Sudan warns journalists against contacting rebel leaders

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March 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The speaker of Sudan’s National Assembly, Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Tahir, has accused journalists who contact rebel leaders of committing “high-treason,” stressing the need to bar publishing of rebels’ viewpoints in local newspapers.

Sudanese newspapers are already under strict orders by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to avoid publishing statements by, or interviews with, leaders of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) and other rebel groups from the Western region of Darfur.

In January this year, the NISS closed the pro-opposition Ra’y al-Sha’b newspaper after it published an interview with one of the leaders of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement.

“We must draw a line between us and those who take up arms against us,” Al-Tahir said during a meeting of the security and defense committee of the Sudanese parliament on Monday.

Al-Tahir said that it is important to protect the morale of army soldiers who are fighting the rebels in the bush, asking what their feelings would be like when they read statements of rebel leaders in newspapers.

He added that there is no justification whatsoever for journalists to contact rebel leaders and publish their views.

Such action, according to Sudan’s top parliamentarian, amounts to “high-treason” and can be classified as an issue of espionage.

The Sudanese parliament is preparing to pass an anti-espionage law that activists and journalists fear would serve to escalate what they describe as a campaign to intimidate them.

Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir warned in an interview last week that his government would not tolerate any negative comments by journalists against the army.

The Sudanese army is fighting rebel groups on a number of fronts including the border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile as well as the western region of Darfur.

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  • 20 March 2012 07:51, by Mi diit

    This is the Sudan of uncivilized government of Mr. Jalaby, Mohammed Ali and Abdalla. Unfortunately they will not comment against this act of dictatorship in Khartoum. They are interested to criticize South Sudan and dumb about Khartoum.

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    • 20 March 2012 10:02, by Logic

      Ofcourse they would say this. They’re scared of the truth coming out! But with or without the Khartoum journalists, the truth is coming out on a daily basis.

      Racist fools.

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      • 20 March 2012 12:16, by Chol

        It was first South Sudan supporting rebels, now it’s the poor innocent journalists; how far would their desperation take them?

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  • 20 March 2012 07:56, by zulu

    Freedom of experession is practiced in democracies so that one opens their minds to diverse views and can express likewise without fear or subjection. A soldier in this regards is not a machine, but will also subject his/her decision to engage pr not in ethnic cleansing.They should hold thier standards to a high moral integrity as their reputation is being tarnished with rape

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    • 20 March 2012 08:01, by zulu

      In addition, the longer the pipeline is shut the longer the pumping stations and other important machinery related to the pipeline will remain idle and prone to rust and other problems. The longer the pipeline is idle, the longer the oil fields will not be kept up to speed and maintained properly. There could be damage not only to the field equipment, but also to the fields themselves. South Sudan

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    • 20 March 2012 08:03, by zulu

      For Sudan, closing off the oil flows means a huge drop in their government and export revenues, and more, depriving Sudan of needed resources to pay its Army and other security forces. Naturally, that will create tremendous stress within the security forces at a critical time.

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      • 20 March 2012 08:04, by zulu

        In addition, the longer the pipeline is shut the longer the pumping stations and other important machinery related to the pipeline will remain idle and prone to rust and other problems. The longer the pipeline is idle, the longer the oil fields will not be kept up to speed and maintained properly. There could be damage not only to the field equipment, but also to the fields themselves. South Sudan

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        • 20 March 2012 08:07, by zulu

          Hence, play the international card before your feel the pinch of silencing truth from coming out. Whether the military is a stooge, revolt is emminent and you will be hung

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          • 20 March 2012 15:24, by Sir King

            Allah akbar! These are signs of weakness, how can these confused NCP led government stop journalists from contacting rebel leaders? Is it because they know that general public is interesting in changes? Is NCP led government confused this time? They are nearly to leave and leave the country for people of Sudan who have been suffering for long. SPLA/M-N OYEEE, SRF OYEEE, JIM OYEEE, and any Rebel oy

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  • 20 March 2012 17:37, by Northern Sudanese

    yea yea i can see southerners and traitors crying here....... dear southerners and traitors, there will be no regime change in sudan. so southerners, stop dreaming of regime change in sudan. i know you hate NCP and everyday say regime change is the only option for sudan but no..... we sudanese love bashir. now he is anti south, we love him even more..... seperating sudan was his biggest succes....

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    • 21 March 2012 00:29, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Northern Sudanese,

      Don’t be naive Bashir has killed 2.5 millions of southerns. So what’s your point, regime change is in the works. Bashir is the world most wanted criminal dead or alive. The problem with your people in the north is they are being run by NIF criminals. Hussein and Bashir are mouth piece for NIF, Islamic fanatics. Be ready for disintegration of north Sudan.

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