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Sudan confiscates three newspapers and suspends another

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June 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) ordered three daily newspapers not to distribute their Sunday editions after they printed them, further escalating a campaign against press freedom ahead of plans by the authorities to end fuel subsidies.

Image of 'press freedom'Sudanese newspapers have been experiencing increased government crackdowns in recent weeks, with one paper being suspended indefinitely and several others having their print runs confiscated prior to distribution.

Sources told Sudan Tribune that the privately owned dailies Al-Ahdath, Al-Watan and Al-Jarida received orders from the NISS not to distribute their print run on Sunday without giving them any reasons.

Later in the evening, the same papers received additional orders not to send their Monday’s editions to printing presses before being approved by an NISS agent.

This indicates the return of the prepublication censorship system under which Sudanese newspapers suffered in recent years before it was officially suspended in 2009, although some papers continue to receive phone instructions from the NISS not to report on certain issues.

Similarly, Al-Midan newspaper, the weekly mouthpiece of the opposition Sudanese Communist Party, has received orders not to publish for a whole month, the sources said.

Al-Jarida’s editor-in-chief Osman Shinger told AFP that they had incurred heavy financial losses due to the fact that his paper was confiscated after being printed.

“They want to kick us out of the market. It is a bad thing for the freedom of expression in Sudan,” Shinger said.

Al-Jarida already had its copies confiscated on Friday along with those of the pro-government Akhir Lahza.

Earlier on Tuesday, the NISS suspended the privately owned daily Al-Tayyar for an indefinite time without giving any reason while seizing copies of another daily, Al-Ahram Al-Yawm, after it published an interview with an official from neighboring South Sudan.

Sudan has further clenched its fist against newspapers following the eruption of border fighting with South Sudan in April this year.

Newspapers are under strict instructions by the NISS to refrain from reporting statements by South Sudanese officials or Sudanese rebel groups from the western region of Darfur or the border regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Failure to comply usually results in disciplinary proceedings including confiscation or deprivation of advertisement.

The ongoing crackdown also comes as the government fears a backlash of public anger over its plans to terminate fuel subsidies as part of what officials say is an austerity package aiming to address the country’s economic crisis.

The United Nations (UN) expert on human rights in Sudan, Mashood Adebayo Baderin, who visited the country on Thursday for the first time since his appointment, voiced concern over the use of security laws to punish the media.

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  • 18 June 2012 05:30, by Dinkawarrior

    Those are the signs and symptoms of down regime in Khartoum, there is no doubt in my mind that SRF is winning the war against National Crimes Providers (NCP). Everything is getting closer but Saudi Arabia is no long a safe haven for one to run into.

  • 18 June 2012 05:59, by Observer

    Just shakes my head sadly. What has this beloved country of ours come to? We are no better than North Korea.
    Where is the freedom of speech we were promised? Just another lie in a very long list.
    If the Govt has nothing to hide why does it have to turn to these tactics?

    • 18 June 2012 06:05, by Kurnyel

      There is no problem atall,these are just misconduct of newspapers writers but our government is stronger that before with huge support of civilans.

  • 18 June 2012 07:16, by Kenyan the cushite

    no matter how much they try to sensor the truth will come out. sudanese people must be blind and stupid. why would they choose stoning laws and jihad that kills other instead of regular laws of freedom. most of my family is muslim many are christians and we live i peace but they are not evil minions working for saudi arabia. down with the NCP regime

    • 18 June 2012 08:04, by sudani ana

      Why is this Kenyan idiot meddling in our affairs? Don’t you have a lamu project to build or something.

  • 18 June 2012 08:27, by George Bol

    Jallaba, when are you going to deny the truth. Your leaders has been hiding the death of your soldiers during the war until your population get surprise after CPA why thousands of your soldiers did not come back to Khartoum.Chicken is about to get roasted.

  • 18 June 2012 14:16, by MKee

    The lost of the looted oil is now downed on everyone n.sudan. when they were relying on foreign resource, no one in north was asking why SPLA, Darfur, Splm/N took arm against the regime. Now they understand & they seem to talk serious about regime change! did they ask themselves what brought all these mess? No mind...
    it won’t be ony fuel subsidy but more cuts on the ways as north struggle 2cope!

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