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Again three Sudanese newspapers gagged

December 5 - 2016 KHARTOUM
El Midan newspaper, the mouthpiece of Sudan's Communist Party (RD file photo)
El Midan newspaper, the mouthpiece of Sudan's Communist Party (RD file photo)

On Sunday morning, agents of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) seized all copies of El Jareeda and El Midan newspapers from the printing press without providing a reason. The print-run of El Sayha daily newspaper was confiscated on Saturday.

Journalist Feisal El Bagir, Coordinator-General of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) told Radio Dabanga that the confiscations are “a kind of revenge and punishment” because of the newspapers coverage of protests against a series of austerity measures taken by the government last month and the journalists’ strike against the increased gagging of the press in Khartoum on 30 November.

“The actions carried out by the NISS confirm that the Sudanese press is still performing well and is representing a source of concern to the authorities,” El Bagir said.

“In addition, the press is strong enough to legally resist the NISS actions,” he added.

NISS agents seized 16 print-runs last week, among them copies of the independent dailies El Jareeda and El Sayha. Expecting more confiscations, El Jareeda and El Midan, the mouthpiece of Sudan’s Communist Party, decided not to print on Thursday.

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