Sudanese journalists protest newspaper seizures

Protesting journalists raised placards calling for freedom of the press and denouncing the "suppression" of journalists.

Sudanese journalists protest newspaper seizures

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Dozens of Sudanese journalists on Tuesday demonstrated against the confiscation of the Monday editions of nine daily newspapers by the country's security apparatus.

Over 100 journalists gathered outside Sudan's National Council for Press, the government body responsible for overseeing local print media, to protest the confiscations.

They also voiced their opposition to a government decision to suspend publication of four local newspapers that also had their Monday editions confiscated.

Protesting journalists raised placards calling for freedom of the press and denouncing the "suppression" of journalists.

Meanwhile, an independent journalists' union that works in tandem with the government-recognized Syndicate of Journalists, called on media professionals to stage a comprehensive strike on Wednesday to protest the crackdown.

On Monday, Sudan's intelligence service suspended publication of four local newspapers shortly after confiscating that day's editions of nine independent dailies after they were printed.

"An intelligence officer informed us of the suspension of the newspapers' publication," Ahmed Abdullah, chief editor of a Khartoum daily, told.

The chief editors of the Al-Jaridah and Al-Intibaha newspapers likewise confirmed the suspension of their respective broadsheets.

Such measures are not uncommon in Sudan, which is ranked 172nd – out of 180 countries – on the 2014 Reporters without Borders' Press Freedom Index.

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