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Sudan’s security agents reportedly seize copies of controversial paper

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June 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese security authorities confiscated on Monday copies of the daily newspaper Al-Intibaha, according to its chairman Al-Tayyib Mustafa who said it was because of a column he wrote on plans by the government to lift fuel subsidies.

Last week the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) approved plans to suspend fuel subsidies as part of attempts to confront the country’s economic crisis despite objections raised by some party members who warned that the move could spark popular protests.

Mustafa, who happens to be the maternal uncle of President Omer Al-Bashir, wrote under his daily column on Sunday that the government was “playing with fire” by assuming that the public will not react to the ending of fuel subsidies.

He also warned that the patience of the people was already wearing thin as they continue to watch their government “squandering” resources on “bloated” state bodies while allowing corruption to run rampant.

"They banned the (Monday) edition because of my column," Mustafa told Reuters. He added that security agents arrived at the printing press on Sunday and confiscated copies of Monday’s edition.

Al-Intibaha is one of the most widely read yet highly controversial newspaper in the country. It serves as the mouthpiece of the far-right Just Peace Forum (JPF) led by Mustafa.

The paper is infamously known for its anti-South Sudan sentiments as well as its jingoistic writers such as Mustafa who has recently been campaigning against Khartoum’s return to negotiations with Juba.

Al-Intibaha was previously suspended between July and October 2010 for encouraging separatist agendas ahead of South Sudan’s vote on independence, which resulted in the region’s secession last year.

Sudanese newspapers are often subjected to arbitrary confiscation of their editions at the hands of the country’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS).

The measure is intended to inflict financial damage on the papers as a form of punishment if they published contents critical of the government or senior officials.

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  • 5 June 2012 08:23, by Gäär

    These black Arabs don’t know anything called ’Press Freedom’. They are such a confused mosquitoes. Shame on you. you will die one by one. Now Charles Taylor is gone, Bashir and his cronies are next...

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    • 5 June 2012 08:37, by P.K.M

      Do Sudan secret agents really believe no one is aware of the trouble economy in Sudan; and the only way to keep people in the dark is burn the newspapers!

      You see, you cannot keep talking about South Sudanese economy when you don’t want your dirty laundry aired to the public.
      It’s obvious that your dirty baggage are well known.

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      • 5 June 2012 08:51, by P.K.M

        Here is news flash for Khartoum; South Sudan is demanding their $ 850 million in cash from the stolen oil last year and early this year in January. The cash is needed to be direct deposited to South Sudan Bank. Juba is ready to handle the transaction as soon as the transfer is submitted.

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  • 5 June 2012 08:26, by LOJUBA

    Those CRIMINALS WILL NEVER CHANGE EVEN IF GOD ASK THEM TO TURN FROM THEIR SIN AGAINST THE POOR AND PATIENT PEOPLE OF SUDAN, MY DEAR CITIZEN OF SUDAN, SOON SOUTH SUDAN LEADERSHIP WILL LIBERATE ALL OF FROM THOSE DEVILS THAT CALLED THEM SELVES NATIONAL CRIMINAL PROPAGANDA (NCP)

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  • 5 June 2012 08:48, by Majongdit

    Oh Sudan, my former country
    What do I do for you as you look so weary
    Apart from simply being just sorry

    Oh Sudan, my neighbor
    My sympathy to all children’s hard labour
    I just watch, dumpfounded just as a neigbor

    Oh Sudan, oh Sudan
    Have mercy on your children
    These black muslims in Darfur, Nuba, Gadarif are your children

    Oh Sudan, Oh Sudan
    Save yourself from the hands of one man

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    • 5 June 2012 09:12, by sudani ana

      Oh South Sudan
      Former small insignificant part of my country
      My heart bleeds for your hungry citizens
      For the thousands of Morle killed in Jongle
      For thousands of abducted innocent children, women raped by evil SPLA
      And all for what
      For cows

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      • 5 June 2012 22:32, by homeboy

        Might not agree specially with the small insignificant part but never the less quiet entertaining.

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      • 6 June 2012 04:58, by Chol

        Sudani ana, after the small insignificant part of the country break away, your significant country Sudan economy started going down the toilet! The question is; was that a coincident?

        If you don’t know that South Sudan was the life-line for Sudan economy, then you could be an idiot that ever live in Sudan!

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    • 5 June 2012 16:05, by Lang

      loool I like these poems.

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    • 5 June 2012 22:28, by homeboy

      Beautiful words of wisdom.

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  • 5 June 2012 09:16, by Majongdit

    Because of one man,
    Beacuse of one tyrant
    Millions are left to suffocate;
    Suffocate from the lack of air of freedom
    Freedom of expression
    Freedom of life
    And all sorts of freedom
    Just because one man does not think freedom

    Beacuse one man does not think freedom
    Your children carry heavy loads of agony
    All day, all time

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  • 5 June 2012 09:25, by Majongdit

    The mighty Nile now runs red with blood of your children
    Oh Sudan, Oh Sudan
    Wind in the sky, is not only dusty but rusty with bitterness
    Oh Sudan, Oh Sudan
    From the high mountains of Nuba
    To the arid lands of the Beja

    I just sit and watch
    For it’s just what’s worth doing
    Just sit and watch

    You are no longer my country!
    The time I was there, I stood and fought

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  • 5 June 2012 09:31, by Majongdit

    I fought for all of your children
    Children in the North and in the South
    And children in the East and in the West
    Now I am tired and famished

    Sympathetically, I look
    Just a mere gaze
    As I hurdle with the task of building and rebuilding
    I am building a nation
    It’s a nation that has now come so late
    It was delayed
    It could not any longer be denied!

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  • 5 June 2012 09:33, by sudani ana

    5 JUNE 09:12, BY sudani ana
    Oh South Sudan
    Former small insignificant part of my country
    My heart bleeds for your hungry citizens
    For the thousands of Morle killed in Jongle
    For thousands of abducted innocent children, women raped by evil SPLA
    And all for what
    For cows

    REPLY TO THIS MESSAGE

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  • 5 June 2012 16:04, by Nubian King

    Continue confiscating, after all who cares! Same uncle same nephew. This is the point where politics knows not any relatives. You joke with your criminal nephew, he cuts you neck (NCP-NCP game)criterion of dealing with anyone that stands to oppose their move. The journey starts, and we’re not also left behind. We’ll come and push all of you out of Sudan because you’ve abused the privilege we gave

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