Home | News    Sunday 24 June 2007

Sudan authorities arrest reporter, media employee

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 23, 2007 (KHARTOUM) — A Sudanese journalist and another newspaper employee were arrested without explanation by authorities, prompting reporters to file a petition to the constitutional court to protest against their detention.

Three days ago authorities freed four journalists held for a week for trying to report on violent protests against the construction of a new dam in the Kajbar area in north Sudan. Five other people, including three lawyers are still being held.

Journalists said they suspect the new arrests were also related to the Kajbar protests.

Saad Mohammed Ahmed, public relations manager for the economic weekly Eilaf, was arrested on Wednesday. The next day Mujaheed Abdullah, a reporter with the opposition al-Rai al-Shaab daily was arrested.

Abdullah was initially reported as missing by his family, who only found out he was being detained two days later.

"The constitutional court is responsible for protecting the rights of the people enshrined in the constitution," lawyer Barud Sandal told Reuters. He is one of the lawyers presenting the petition to the Constitutional Court.

He said that once the petition is presented, the court will request an explanation from authorities.

"If it turns out that the detention is not consistent with the law and constitution, the court will order the immediate release of the detainee," Sandal added.

Sandal said that the law and constitution obliged arresting authorities to explain reasons for detention immediately, allow detainees to contact family members, their employers or lawyers.

"None of these happened in Abdallah’s case," he said, adding that "this arrest was unlawful and unconstitutional."

Police clashed with demonstrators on June 13 in Kajbar, killing four.

Locals said the government had not consulted them on plans to construct a dam there which they said would force them from their villages and harm the environment.

Government officials said that the people of Kajbar had overreacted and blamed opposition politicians for inciting the people against a project that was still under study.

Sudan’s constitution guarantees freedom of the press, but journalists and lawyers said the authorities are using unconstitutional laws, including the state security law, to curtail freedoms.

(Reuters)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article



The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.



Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Nuer girls courtship: Was there guided freedom of girls? 2020-01-24 06:28:01 By James Gatdet Dak January 23, 2020 --- First, please excuse my social or cultural story on previous freedom of Nuer girls, in case it doesn't prescribe to your lifestyle! I hope some young (...)

A renewed call on states of South Sudan 2020-01-21 07:06:29 By James Gatdet Dak First of all, I hope that our able leaders (peace partners) shall politically resolve the number and boundaries of states in the Republic of South Sudan. Or whoever is to (...)

Sudan’s Peace: putting the cart before the Horse 2020-01-12 18:35:24 Putting Peace in the rear after the Sudanese Revolution is Akin to putting the cart before the Horse By Mahmoud A. Suleiman This article comes against the backdrop of the indifference and the (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.