Osman Mirghani, the editor-in-chief of independent newspaper Al Tayar, was arrested by National Intelligence and Security Service agents and is being detained at an unknown location.
As protests continue, Sudanese authorities have revoked the credentials of at least 6 journalists working for international news outlets, including Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera.
Governments are shutting down the internet while using brute force to silence their citizens.
CPJ is calling on Sudanese authorities to release the 3 journalists recently detained after publishing columns in support of the widespread protests that have included calls for President Omar al Bashir to resign.
The crackdown on the Sudanese media, which has included arrests, attacks on journalists, publication bans and Internet cuts, was prompted by a nine-day-old wave of anti-government protests that were triggered by food and fuel price hikes.
Editor Ashram Abdelaziz and journalist Hassan Warag of the independent daily Al-Jareeda, were convicted for defamation by the Khartoum Press and Publications Court and jailed when they refused to pay the optional fine.
Demonstrations across Sudan began on 6 January, and on several occasions since then, Sudanese authorities have used excessive force to disperse demonstrators, including beating peaceful demonstrators with sticks and batons, and firing tear gas into crowds.
The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested 15 journalists, including AFP, Reuters and BBC reporters, as they covered protests against unprecedented bread price hikes in Sudan.
Over the course of nine days, agents from Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) confiscated all copies of four opposition newspapers Al-Tayar, Al-Watan, Al-Jarida, and Akhir Lahza from the printers.
Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) have ordered the editors of a sports newspaper to remove articles pertaining to FIFA’s suspension of the Sudan Football Association from membership in the group.
Being a foreign correspondent in Sudan’s conflict zones is challenging. But that’s nothing compared with what local Sudanese journalists face.
26 organizations from the Middle East and North Africa are concerned for the life of prominent human rights defender Mudawi Ibrahim Adam. Adam says he has been tortured and denied medication while in detention.
“Authorities in Sudan have charged Khalaf-Allah Al-Afif Muktar, Mustafa Adam, Midhat Afifaddin Hamadan, Arwa Al-Rabie, Imany-Leila Ray, and Al-Hassan Kheiry with espionage and terrorism, charges that are preposterous and were brought against these individuals for exercising the fundamental right to free association.”
The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is deeply concerned about the continued wave of attacks on freedom of expression in Sudan. Some of these violations include the arbitrary arrest of journalists and media professionals, confiscation of publications, and the suspension of media houses.