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August 10, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — A Sudanese female journalist who has recently stirred a row following charges of “indecent” clothing, has been placed on a travel ban list by authorities.

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Lubna Hussein, a former journalist and U.N. press officer, talks to the media outside the court after her trial in Sudan’s capital Khartoum August 4, 2009 (Reuters)

Lubna Ahmed Hussein told Sudan Tribune by phone from Khartoum that she was notified of the ban as she was at the airport to on Monday night board a Lebanon-bound plane in response to an invitation by Middle East Broadcasting Channel (MBC).

Last week a Sudanese court adjourned Hussein’s case to request an opinion from the foreign ministry on whether she enjoys immunity as UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) employee despite resigning from that post prior to the trial.

The Sudanese journalist arrested at a restaurant with other girls, faces 40 lashes and a fine of 250 Sudanese pounds (100 dollars) if found guilty.

Hussein said that the airport security officers took her passport and pulled her aside informing her that she is on a list of individuals not allowed to leave the country.

The Sudanese journalist was given no explanation and her request for a written notification of the travel ban was turned down.

Her case has drawn intensive international attention and embarrassment to Khartoum as she publicly challenged the Sudanese authorities to carry out the flogging saying it is a degradation to women in her country.

Hussein said she wants the penal code containing the “indecency” clothing provisions repealed.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy vowed in a public letter he wrote in response to a query from the leader of the French Communist Party, Marie-George Buffet, to support Hussein’s case, praising her courage.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon also expressed “concern” over Hussein’s case.

Sudanese officials have criticized the media coverage of the case accusing unspecified parties of using it for political reasons.

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  • 11 August 2009 06:26, by Kur

    They feel threatened by every move toward freedom. But they do not know that they are fighting a loosing battle.

    Let me offer you this advice imam Bashir: you need to run away and hide somewhere maybe in Saudi Arabia if they can accept you because the Sudanese people have choosen to be free. If you try to stop them from doing so, they will lynch you to death. Hence run away earlier.

    Kur

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    • 11 August 2009 10:40, by budi 23rd journalist

      its very simple
      Just come to the southern part of the country and we gonna let you out very easily
      why should a descent gal like you get stress up by fuckin sheria law.

      You better run for your life

      We in the south very soon will force any arab here in juba to throw away a vail if she wonna live here or wear a trausor and if not, she gonna be fine for that if thats what kharttoum wants.

      Arabs, Muslim, islam are viewed as bad Human beings currently on the globe, so they can do whatever they want to you. as the only thinking person in arab world, dont wast time to run, they might bomb you anytime.

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      • 11 August 2009 13:31, by Apalo Mana

        Miss Lubna you are strong lady of what you have did.
        I am not understand of these government ,because they forgot what they are suposed to deal with it.My Quetion is the [TROUSER] that made troubl all over the world is that more effectively than the crimes of killing ,rapping and distrputing of people? I am not think so but the problem is
        they thought you are going to report against what they are doing. But my sister do not slow down you will see the victory of the almighty god.

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      • 11 August 2009 13:34, by Ajuscommando

        It seems that Arabs are crying for misconduct of President Omer El Bashir toward the public while it’s part of Islimic cultural so keep on doing to yourselves. Southerners are always complained on Bashir as a terorrist guy and you arab from khartoum support him as a good man so don’t cry again. All arabs last society in the world since 3/4 of their mine is Zero. Fuck you all with your Bashir who will finish you.

        Ajus

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  • 11 August 2009 13:39, by tayeb M. Alhassan

    I think she has already surrendered. She wouldn’t put scarf to pose on this photo insisting on wearing “indecent” clothing as they said.

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    • 12 August 2009 09:48, by Sudanese only

      There is nothing to surrender. The government should simply throw the case out of court and change the stupid law as well as hold the policeman to account on charges of abuse of power. i have seen the woman and she is not wearing anything indecent. We should not be like the French who stupidly outlawed the Hijab and then have the gall to support any moral ethics !! Lets stop this nonsense now as Islam is not nor has ever been about trousers.

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  • 14 August 2009 10:47, by Nhial Reath Thoan

    Keep it up Mrs Hussein , you are a freedom fighter and an intelligence Sudanse women with an International outlook ideology.

    As you won support and have had your case Internationally , keep on readying our National Interim Constitution as well as their proclamation may be on Islamic Religion side to defence your self from Selfish and Undemocratic government interest. Sister we are there for you and since you know the truth , the truth will set you free.

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