Newspapers confiscated in Sudan
According to the Sudanese Journalists Network, Sudanese security forces confiscated copies of three local newspapers preventing their publication on Sunday morning, 2 September. Witnesses affirmed security forces acted aggressively and gave no reasons for the papers' confiscation.
Radio Dabanga was informed that the newspapers, confiscated after printing, are: Aljarida, Akher Lahza and Al-Sahafa. Sources said security forces made use of abusive security procedures to prevent the papers from being published. They added the means used by security forces did not comply with any official procedure.
The Sudanese Journalists Network stated this move comes from the abusive campaign against freedom of expression from the Sudanese government in the country. According to the Network the campaign against freedom of expression is spreading around the country, whereas they were previously confined mostly to Khartoum.
In addition to the three newspapers that were confiscated last Sunday, the Network also pointed out that Al-Midan newspaper was recently prevented from publishing and distributing copies for more than three months. Besides that the Al-Tayyar newspaper, they said, is forbidden to publish and distribute copies since 11 June 2011.
The Network also announced that more than 20 Sudanese journalists are currently banned from writing.
In two separate statements, the Sudanese Journalists Network and the Journalists Network for Human Rights (JAHR) condemned the security forces for confiscating copies of the three newspapers on Sunday morning. They demanded the State to lift its campaign against freedom of expression and not to bar websites inside Sudan.
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