Home | News    Friday 15 July 2005

Sudanese army takes newspaper to court for "demeaning" article



KHARTOUM, Sudan, July 14, 2005 (AP) — The Sudanese army is taking the Al-Ayam newspaper to court for publishing an article seen as demeaning to the armed forces, the official Sudanese Media Center said Thursday.

JPEG - 4.7 kb
M. Mohamed Salih

Mahjoub Mohamed Salih, editor of Sudan’s oldest independent newspaper, said he has not yet received the court summoning.

It was the first application of new laws governing press freedoms, which requires any disputes to be taken to court.

The signing of a new constitution Saturday and the subsequent lifting of emergency laws brought an end to government censorship of the press. Before those changes, an official complaint against any publication would have likely resulted in an immediate suspension of the paper.

The SMC said the office of the official army spokesman complained about a July 9 article that used expressions and phrases that "belittled the dignity and tarnished the honor of the armed forces."

It said the office of crimes against the state had started looking into the complaint.

It was not immediately possible to verify the newspaper article referred to in the complaint.

SMC said notification of the case was sent in letters to the newspaper’s editor, the reporter and the Sudanese Journalists’ Union, as called for under the new law. This was another first. In several past incidents, journalists would be detained and the union would not be informed.

But Salih, speaking through his news editor, Imad Abdel Hadi, said he has not yet officially received the summoning.

"We have read it in the newspapers like other people," he said.

Observers see the developments as a positive enforcement of Sudan’s new freedom of expression and speech. The interim constitution signed last week guarantees freedom of publication and the press "without prejudice," and the National Security Organ, which used to monitor the media and enforce suspensions, said the media would no longer be under any restrictions.

Under the state of emergency, the military and its activities were not to be reported or commented on by media unless it came from the official army spokesman.

A complaint by the military or any other official body would have resulted in the newspaper being shut down or raided by security officials, who might take the print plates or confiscate all copies of the newspaper before they could be delivered to newsstands.

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.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s Constitutional Declaration was reduced to absurdity 2019-08-13 20:31:25 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman After paying tributes to the martyrs and hoping healing for wounded and offer sincere greetings to the rebellious Sudanese people who are inevitably victorious, having (...)

Options and opportunities for SPLM-N al-Hilu to join Sudan’s transition 2019-08-13 20:06:06 By Ibrahim B. Musa Despite the initial signing of the political on July, 17th, 2019 and constitutional declaration on August 4th, 2019, as well as the previous exhausting efforts made in (...)

Can Sudan achieve peace and democratic transition? 2019-08-13 07:37:28 By Rosalind Marsden Sudan has a unique opportunity to embrace democratic transition but there is no room for complacency. Comprehensive reforms and a united democratic front will be key to (...)


Latest Press Releases

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)

Joseph Malwal Dong joined the SPLM/A -IO 2019-04-02 08:35:02 SPLM/A (IO) Press Release 1/4/2019 On Hon. Joseph Malwal Dong Joined the SPLM/A (IO) The leadership of the SPLM/A (IO) would like to seize this precious opportunity to announce to members and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2019 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.