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Sudan expels journalist, condemned for crackdown on activists


June 26, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security authorities have been actively harassing and arresting activists and journalists over the past ten days of growing protests in the country.

The National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) on Tuesday deported Salma El Wardany, an Egyptian female correspondent of Bloomberg News in Khartoum, and briefly detained prominent Sudanese blogger Maha El Sanousi.

The pair already was already arrested together and interrogated for several hours last Thursday, 21 June, while they covered student protests at Khartoum University.

El Wardany’s friends on Twitter say she was deported because she was covering the Sudan protest movement known by the hashtag SudanRevolts.

Her sister also wrote on Twitter that Sudanese security agents treated El Wardany “like a criminal or fugitive.”

El Wardany is the first journalist to be deported for covering the protests but she is not the first to face harassments by security forces. An AFP British reporter was also detained for several hours last week for covering the protests.

Security forces have already arrested a large number of protesters and activists since the demonstrations erupted in Khartoum on 16 June before spreading to several parts of the capital as well as regional towns.

A prominent Sudanese blogger, Usamah Mohammed, has been arrested since Friday and remains incommunicado.

Sudanese activists say between 10,000 and 20,000 people had participated in demonstrations in Khartoum State alone while several other thousands took to the streets in Port Sudan, Kassala, North Kordofan, White Nile State, Darfur and El-Gedarif.

Meanwhile, the New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Tuesday that Sudanese police and security authorities arrested “scores of protesters, opposition members and journalists” since the demonstrations erupted.

HRW also charged that security agents beat people in detention and used rubber bullets and live ammunition to break up the demonstrations.

The United States said last week that it was deeply concerned by the crackdown of Sudanese security authorities on peaceful demonstrators.

The London-based rights group Amnesty International also called on Sudan to “end its ruthless crackdown on protests.”


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  • 27 June 2012 10:02, by mohammed ali

    The economic situation is bad, nobody doubt that.But Sudan Tribune can observe the difference between 10 000 and the double of it.No demonstration reached 300! Even 10 or 20 000 wont change the regime.Opposition held meetings,conferences on the open air calling to change the government and nobody is touching them.Local news papers are criticizing Bashir, NCP & Nafi, nobody is asking them!

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    • 27 June 2012 10:22, by Aarai Baka

      To Ali

      Let just agreed to people demands and their needs other than that, government will fall too quickly. Let them demonstrated agree to their will without suppressed them in wrongful way. They are the one will paid the high price than Omar bashir, nafie. Ali nafie, taha and u. Give them their right of demo to express themselves without being harassed by NISS n police forces.

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    • 27 June 2012 10:30, by Logic

      M. Ali

      You’re a prolific lier, looooooooool!

      So everybody who has been arrested, newspapers confiscated and suspended is all a big conspiracy by the West & Zionists, right! hahaha

      You racist retards are truly a work of art, wake up you brainwashed fools, even if Nafi is your uncle, save yourself! lololololol

      Pathetic bigots.

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    • 27 June 2012 12:33, by Virus

      How long does it take for some NCP loyalists to admit that Basir is no longer the right leader. Sudan is in its worst economic crisis ever, and the ’Vulture’ - Bashir & his blind loyalists does not want accept the consequence of his autocratic leadership, and they are trying to keep things hidden through; arrest and imprisonment of protesters and expulsion of foreign journalists. It’s time up!

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    • 27 June 2012 16:05, by Umoja

      Mohammed ali

      You people of Sudan are being deceived like children. NCP promised that after South Separates, there will be gold! now nothing. NCP told you fight south, you failed! Now NCP is speaking language of Tunisian, Libyan, Egyptian, Yemen and now Syrian leaders.

      Wake up Sudanese don’t be deceived and how long will be fooled??

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    • 27 June 2012 17:53, by zulu

      Why should the world listen to you when you mute the voice of the media? You must be telling lies because no one cn verify your story about the 10 or 100 demonstrations.
      What people are familiar with is that the NCP, National Criminal Party is jittery and is facing rejection. But the protest is mounting and is enlargening.

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  • 28 June 2012 02:13, by Observer

    Mohammed Ali,

    The Arabic papers in Khartoum are putting the numbers a lot higher than you are trying to state. The TV channels are also reporting a lot higher numbers and you seem to forget the number of demonstrations in the likes of Shendi, Port Sudan, Kassala etc. of course you know nothing of them as you sit in your protected job in Khartoum.

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  • 7 May 2013 19:31, by cafes

    The economic situation is bad, nobody doubt that.But Sudan Tribune can observe the difference between 10 000 and the double of it.No demonstration reached 300. good skin

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  • 13 June 2013 14:01, by Johan Peter

    These security activities of arresting journalists and social activists are not going to help the government in its long run. As the protest against these activities gaining strength all over this is really going to be a social issue in Sudan. look here

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