Newspaper run confiscated in Sudan’s capital

The reasons for the confiscation of El Midan on Thursday are unknown. The Sudanese press often complains about the security authorities’ confiscations and meddling.

El Midan newspaper run was confiscated from the printing press on Thursday, by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). The reasons for the confiscation are unknown.

The press in Sudan often complains about the security authorities' confiscations and meddling. Officers of the NISS sometimes stop the printing process, or impose prior monitoring on the newspapers' contents. They enter the office of the newspaper at night to hold back any publications the Sudanese government does not want.

The purpose of confiscating print runs is to exhaust the newspapers financially, the editor-in-chief of El Jareeda newspaper commented when El Saiha newspaper was suspended again in July 2014. “It is in fact a direct and methodical liquidation, meant to kill the independent press.” According to the 2014 World Press Freedom Index, monitored by Reporters Without Borders, Sudan rates within the bottom 10 of the 180 countries surveyed.