Sudanese journalists strike to protest crackdown

Social-media activists issued calls for widespread civil disobedience to protest government austerity measures

Sudanese journalists strike to protest crackdown

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudanese journalists went on strike on Wednesday to protest recent restrictions and confiscations of newspapers in the troubled country. 

The strike comes amid calls for civil disobedience by activists to protest government austerity measures. 

''We call on all our journalists to go on strike to express our rejection of the repeated violations against the press in the country,” the Sudanese Journalist Network, an NGO, said in a statement. 

Earlier in the day, Sudanese authorities confiscated Wednesday’s editions of five daily newspapers before hitting the shelves. 

The move came one day after the editions of four dailies were taken away by Sudanese security agencies. 

Sudanese authorities had closed down a private television station -- and confiscated editions of two daily newspapers -- on Sunday night. 

''We believe that our daily paper has been confiscated due to our coverage [of the disobedience],” Nasr Aldin Altyeb, the editor-in chief of Alayam newspaper, one of the confiscated dailies, told Anadolu Agency. 

On Sunday, social-media activists issued calls for widespread civil disobedience to protest a recent government decision to lift subsidies on fuel, electricity and medicine. 

A number of Sudanese opposition parties and rebel groups have reportedly thrown their support behind the protest calls.

 
Last Mod: 30 Kasım 2016, 13:32
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