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January 7, 2008 (JUBA) — A Sudanese newspaper has been ordered to shut down for two days after being accused of insulting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the paper’s editor and owner said on Monday.

Nhial Bol said Sudan’s National Press Council had suspended his English language daily The Citizen over an editorial it wrote about armed clashes on the country’s north-south border.

"The National Press Council ... (said) an article was insulting to President Bashir and so they suspended us for two days," said Bol, who estimates he will lose $7,500 on advertising during the shutdown next Saturday and Sunday.

Newspapers have to register with the National Press Council, Sudan’s official press regulator, and cannot publish if their membership is suspended.

Bol said that his paper, which has its newsroom in south Sudan’s capital Juba, had been shut down nine times before by the press council.

"Sometimes they allow you to print and then they come and take all the papers. Comparatively, this is a light punishment," he said.

No one was immediately available for comment from the National Press Council.

(Reuters)

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  • 8 January 2008 05:42, by John Amule de Lokolong

    You people you are really on the bottom of the World,dont you know that media is the high level of security in the country,secondly you make alot of loss 9 times to the publisher without paying them back,thirdly you have abuse human rights as well you are connected with China so you are now applying the rules of that government where citizens are not allow to air any word aganist president,mr Beshir you are not a dictator of sudan but you are dictator in your own house.why should Kiir allow you to rule southern sudan, you are military,SPLA are military so what is the difference,i can smell that you are un happy about Abeyi being taken by SPLA,imagine world supper power G.W Bush can be drawn as a pig so what is your priority in sudan.same people need to be re-educated about human rights and how things will work.

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  • 8 January 2008 21:27, by Victoria Naculya

    Hello Mr. Bol, don’t you have an attorney to represent your company? Thanks. victorianaculya@yahoo.com

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