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Two Sudanese newspapers questioned over insults to president Bashir

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March 15, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudanese authorities have summoned editors from two pro-opposition papers, accusing them of insulting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who is running in April’s first multi-party polls in 24 years, the publications told Reuters said on Monday.

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Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir

The chief editors from the pro-Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Ajras al-Hurriya and Rai al-Sha’ab newspapers were both questioned by the National Press Council, which accused them of breaking the law and insulting the president, which could carry a penalty of a temporary closure — financially crippling for papers heavily dependent on corporate advertising for revenue.

"They asked us: how can you criticize the president?" said Fayez Al-Sheik Al-Silaik, acting editor in chief of Ajras al-Hurriya, said today.

"They asked us where was our evidence that Bashir had killed 10,000 in Darfur," he added. Bashir has been quoted several times putting the Darfur death toll at 10,000 compared to the U.N. estimate of 300,000 dead.

The pro-Popular Congress Party (PCP) Rai Al-Sha’ab newspaper was questioned over two articles including one saying Bashir should hand himself over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which last year indicted him for war crimes in Darfur.

The National Press Council said investigations were ongoing after which they will make a decision on the appropriate penalty to be imposed.

"This is a procedure. The committee will first see if there is a violation and after that they will issue a decision," El-Obeid Marawih, secretary-general of the press council, said.

Sudanese authorities cracked down on any voices supporting the ICC indictment of Bashir who said in an interview last week that the arrest warrant has vastly boosted his popularity among the people.

This month the Sudanese state radio blocked the leader of the Umma Party Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi broadcasting his speech which contained mention of Bashir’s ICC indictment. The officials at the radio labeled his message as “inciting prejudices and hatred against the state”.

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  • 16 March 2010 06:13, by Gatwech

    Allow for free press and freedom of expression ya NCP notorious guys. Just deny the charges in your pro-NCP newspapers if the articles scared you...

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  • 16 March 2010 06:16, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Misunderstanding, facts are different from insult. I wonder who comes up with this fake report. Bashir has killed Durfur at approximate of a million or more, and he is suppose to report himself to ICC ie appear before the judges, it is an insult if the idea are base on facts?

    Kiir and Bashir are identical brothers in their traditional leadership. Those who support Kiir leadership are the same bashir allies, they love the way we see South in fatal and other form of sorrow. But this is not what the rest of people would like to see and live. We need our place to be the best of all, safe, clean, fair and rich. Once I hard a homeless bird or parasite insect singing that although Kiir steps down still the leadership of GOSS will be taken over by a dinka man, I really laugh to myself and feel disappointed to the way my people are behind the theory of politics. Those who made such suggestions believed that the leadership in South is a special heritage for a particular clan or community.

    Eventually it is not, to make the point clear and obvious for those new born politicians in South. The first and unforgotten history of South Sudan independence has a deep root to Greater Equatorians, the initial idea of self determination in South comes from us. The same that achievement of this poorly implemented CPA still come into existence in our presents. Dinkas and Nuer would have ruined South into ash, just the same to what is happening right now about cattle ridding and other attacks. But we as intelligence people with morale and ethical principles we have brought both sides to live as one here in Great Equatoria, we are the superior bond in South, the only place that united South Sudan is Greater Equatoria, In Bor, Rembek dinkas are hostile to all other communities include their own clans. In Upper Nile still dinkas break into wrong side of the road and causing problems with Nuer, but still they want to get away by accusing nuer.

    What you can see at Wani Igga family will never happen if that lady was married to Nuer. Dinkas have turned that family into their refugees shelter, uncles, ants, brothers, sisters, in-laws,cousins, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and friends of those people from Bor or dinkaland have changed the Identity of that family from Equatoria to dinkas family. It happens in Equatoria, but the only person to come is meant to be a close sister, brother or anyone within the family. However at Igga’s family that is a different case, in the evening you may think that these people are here for a meeting, from east to west, north to south all dinkas language. I was surprised when I last pay a visit to our Equatorian popular family. Some people are not a shame of this stupidity and immoral behaviours of taking over a family like that. I wonder it is because of free feeding, free luxurious beds and affordable lifestyle? I find it hard to encourage anyone from my side to attempt crossing the border of intermarriage. Simply it’s system of bringing a disaster. Finally my advise is that you loot public fund it is better to move and live on your own. Leave alone Igga and his wife.

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    • 16 March 2010 08:14, by Lorolokin

      Bro. Big Logic,

      You are 100% right,their behavior is totally an acceptable in S.Sudan in general and Juba in particular.We Equatorians are peaceful people we always tend to have togetherness as the best option but our Dinkas brothers tend to be superior is it because they are the populace tribe in S.Sudan? Excuse me Brothers and Sisters does quantity matter or quality matter?,what a hell on earth can Human being be Superior to an other.
      Dinkas should behave humanly or go back to their respective destinations peacefully.

      Kinkak

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    • 16 March 2010 08:20, by James

      Arabs have never known democracy in their culture.Sudanese Arabs are the most backward Arabs on earth.If there is no democracy in Egypt which is the most civilized Arab country on earth,how can you expect Sudan to be democratic.Bashir is slaughtering Africans in Dar fur & South Sudan upto now & nobody is questioning him.Ban Ki Mon is the most stupid UN secretary General.Sudan will surely go back to war given the stupidity of both UN & AU.

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      • 16 March 2010 16:49, by Time1

        Islam is not about Democracy or so called human rights, democracy is not mentioned int he Islamic holy book therefore they cannot acccept it, look here this is not my words, a muslims from nroth Sudan told me this and said that is why they cannot seperate religion from state.

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    • 16 March 2010 09:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      What is conection between the insult of the criminal president Omer Bashir by the two indepent press with Wani Igaa,s Family. there is nothing but the truth is,in any Africa Tradition,there is inlaws to visit their daughter home not only in wani,s House.Please do not said Eguatorian are more specially otherwise you are from awulaa malakia(malakia boys).
      If you do not what that bad aligation you are saying is happening in wani,s family better for you go and married from a white woman.

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    • 16 March 2010 17:34, by anti-nyagat

      hahahah crying all the the time willnot help you ya nyamnyam .you better hang yourself or go back to uganda where you came from.with leadership of this time pple are still swallowing glowing fire.be patient your time of coward tribes to rules still.you may run away and live us in war. i promise you for 2020. after full stablity of s. sudan.

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  • 16 March 2010 08:48, by babadit

    Please tell Al Bashir that, he should not think by closing down the News papers , he will avoid going to hague ICC to be hung up.

    there must be freedom of expression in the country mostly during the campaign period

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  • 16 March 2010 08:54, by Akuma

    That could be misunderstanding of insult. There is freedom of expression. In fact, Bashir is a criminal which need people to talk about him. How can you deny realities? Is it not true thousands of people are being killed in Darfur? Thousand are left homeless in Darfur?
    Let the truth be said.
    Those editors will be penalised due to lack of expression in the country.

    They need to deny the charges otherwise Bashir is a criminal. If he was not criminal? how come for international criminal court (ICC) indicted him?

    So be reasonable enough in putting charges against editors.

    Dr. Akuma,
    Chicago, USA

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  • 16 March 2010 16:46, by Time1

    If i remember well, it was Omer bashir who said with his own words that the killing in Darfur was only around 9000 to 10,000 people killed, so why is there a complain now about something that he said, does omer bashir have evidence for that 9 to 10 thausand people kileld?.

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