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February 27, 2016 (KHARTOUM) - The director of artistic and literary standards in Khartoum Abas Salim said that five teams from the security services and the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) have carried out large inspection campaigns on the internet cafés in the capital.

An internet café in Khartoum (Photo Wikimapia)

Salim said in press statements Saturday that the campaigns covered 103 internet cafés in the Sudanese capital including in central Khartoum, al-Sahafa, Jabra, Al-Giraif Gharb besides Al-Shuhada in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman.

He said they detected irregularities in 9 internet cafés and seized large quantities of computer flashes which included sexually explicit materials, pointing the violations have been transferred to the judicial organs.

“Those campaigns aim to complement previous campaigns to preserve values, traditions and the virtuous heritage of the Sudanese community and to curb threats to the cultural security,” he said.

Salim stressed that the monitoring and inspection campaigns on the internet cafés, printing and mobile phone centres will continue, calling on families to educate and guide their children in order not to fall prey to any unethical cultural products.

He underscored that the protection of the cultural security against the threats is not only the responsibility of the government but also the family, civil society organizations, educational institutions and the media, saying all those bodies must work together to protect the youth and children and the cultural security.

For his part, the NTC representative said they designed a CD to be used by the owners of the internet cafés in order to prevent the users from browsing or downloading any unethical programs.

Mohamed al-Nagi Omer, the coordinator of the inspection teams, for his part, said they detected 15 violations in the internet cafés and the printing and mobile phones centres in less than a month, pointing they have been transferred to the concerned authorities.

He praised the majority of the internet cafés owners who are keen to prevent any violation to the cultural security in their sites.

(ST)

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