Home | News    Tuesday 23 August 2011

Sudanese daily to sue security body over seizure of copies

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

August 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A Sudanese daily newspaper has said it intends to instigate legal proceedings against the country’s security apparatus over confiscation of its copies, a bold yet potentially futile move given the judiciary’s chronic failure to challenge the government’s repressive policies towards local press.

JPEG - 34.7 kb
Sudanese buy newspapers to follow the news of Sudan’s first multiparty elections in decades in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP, Amr Nabil)

Between 20 and 23 August, the Khartoum-based Arabic daily newspaper Al-Jaridah has had its copies confiscated by agents of country’s National Intelligence and Security Services’ (NISS) after being printed.

No reason was given for the suspension, the title said in a press release issued on 21 August.

But the paper’s editor-in-chief Saad Al-Din Ibrahim on Monday revealed that his paper was suspended because it rejected NISS’s attempts to interfere in its editorial and recruitment policy.

According to Ibrahim, the NISS asked the paper’s administration not to employ journalists who used to work for the suspended daily Ajrass Al-Hurriyah which the authorities banned following the secession of South Sudan on the pretext that its shareholders include southerners.

Ibrahim, who was addressing a press conference in Khartoum, expressed amazement that the security agents could raid printing presses and confiscate papers with impunity. The paper’s editor said that the suspension had led to severe financial loss

He went on to say that his paper plans to seek recourse to the judiciary which he urged to serve justice for all.

Two years ago, Ajrass Al-Hurriyah attempted to pull a similar lawsuit against the NISS but the move was watered down.

Earlier this month, NISS twice suspended the publication of the privately owned daily Al-Ahdath after it went to print, inflicting a financial loss amounting to 10,000 US dollars, according to the paper’s head of newsroom Mozdalifa Mohamed Osman.

It turned out later that Al-Ahdath was suspended because it published information on a planned meeting between the country’s president Omer Al-Bashir and leader of the armed opposition group Sudan People Liberation Movement-North Malik Aggar.

Although protection of press freedom is enshrined in Sudan’s constitution, the authorities routinely target independent newspapers through a variety of measures including censorship, confiscation and deprivation of state adverts.

Reporters Without Borders, a lobby group, 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


Turkey and Africa are building a solid partnership 2018-05-24 22:55:24 by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavu?o?lu As Turkey marks the annual Africa Day, I take the opportunity to celebrate Africa’s achievements and rejoice in our developing partnership. Africa’s (...)

Sudan’s Bashir is playing a dangerous game 2018-05-23 05:09:04 The attempt of the Sudanese president to engage with rival regional interests in a bid to stay in power might fail. By Ahmed H Adam Sudan's political crisis is sliding into a dangerous phase. (...)

Salva Kiir’s cunning strategy 2018-05-19 07:40:06 By Duop Chak Wuol Salva Kiir likes to preach democracy to confuse people, looks for ways to legitimize his atrocious regime, uses deception to promote his despotism, and calculatingly waits for (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


The Suspension of Hurriyat Online Newspaper 2018-04-29 07:04:37 Sudan Democracy First Group 28 April 2018 The Sudanese civil and political circles and those concerned with Sudan were shocked by the news that the management of Hurriyat online newspaper has (...)

Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan 2018-04-22 10:01:20 UN Secretary-General, New York African Union Commission, Addis Ababa UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva Petition on the Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan (...)

Abyei celebrates Mine Awareness Day 2018-04-05 08:52:03 4 April 2018 | Abyei - The United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) commemorated the International Day for Mine Awareness and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2018 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.