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June 27, 2012 (KHARTOUM) - Online Arabic newspaper Hurriyat Sudan has reported that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has blocked its website since June 25, following its coverage of protests in Khartoum and other towns.

The protests over the last week have spread from university students to some members of the wider population. Activists are promoting Friday June 29 as large demonstration to mark the anniversary of current regime coming to power on June 30 1989.

The press in Sudan has been restricted during the protests and journalists and activists arrested by the National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS).

On Tuesday June 26, Sudan deported Bloomberg’s correspondent in Khartoum, Salma El Wardany, and briefly detained Maha El Sanousi, a prominent Sudanese blogger.

The two had been detained together for several hours on 21 June. While covering protests at the University of Khartoum on 19 June, Simon Martelli, an AFP journalist, was also detained for 12 hours. Martelli, who was AFP’s reporter in Khartoum for the whole of 2011, has since left Khartoum as he was covering for the new AFP correspondent.

In a press release, Hurriyat said that the site’s readers in Sudan had informed them that from around 5.30pm local time on 25 June, the site was blocked. The National Telecommunications Commission usually uses its special filtering unit to block pornographic websites.

Hurriyat Sudan’s Chief Editor, Elhag Warrag said that blocking its website "is part of a systematic attempt by the Sudanese regime to stop news about anti-government demonstrations reaching the Sudanese people and the world at large.”

Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has accused some websites of launching a campaign to distort the country’s image in collaboration with opposition parties and the United States (US).

In the press release Hurriyat encouraged readers to access Hurriyat through its facebook page and inside Sudan by downloading special software from the Ultrasurf website.

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  • 27 June 2012 22:51, by Virus

    What a pity! Freedom of press is at stake in Sudan. The NISS threw away foreign journalists and blocked Hurriyat from publishing stories about the protests, soon they will shut down all private media groups. This means that NCP is on heat, and plans to slaughter it’s own people who are trying to express their democratic right without the world knowing. Remember, we still have satellites on space!

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    • 27 June 2012 22:56, by zulu

      Virus,
      A planned protest for this Friday will likely not happen as few people may immerge from the brinny without warning or information to do protests.
      However, as you said, there is no turning back now for the Sudanese people who are so tired of the dictatorship/ Down, down, Humar el Beshit

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  • 27 June 2012 22:53, by zulu

    It all started in 1985 with student protests and then it engulfed many political conscienteous activists. But, the vast recruits of the NCP have yet to denounce its political leadership as there is probably no replacement for the dictator.
    Chaos is ensuing in Sudan and the protests are not ebbing either as high prices soar pushing the sudanese pound far below the south sudanese pound.

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  • 28 June 2012 01:10, by Akol Liai Mager

    Well, the decleared war on by NIF genocidal regime will not help nore delay people’s determination to exit the most murderer and racist regime ever in the Sudanese history. However, denying people accessing this revolutionary tool will bear some negative outcomes. I am a big fan of Al-Hurriyat, but I would not miss it because it still accessable outside Khartoum.

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  • 28 June 2012 09:20, by Observer

    Remember that Egypt, Libya and Syria all closed down the internet for periods of time for the same reasons. To stop the truth getting out and also to try and stop protestors getting their message out. How much good did that do them?
    There are many other ways of getting messages out other than the internet.

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  • 28 June 2012 14:39, by Plubumingly

    Surely Elbeshit is trying to block those media but that has not blocked other means of communication,,,ur foolish n stupid government must fall wether u want it or not we must see u quiting that Khartoum u’r taking as urs alone Mr Pig.

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