Newspapers gagged, political activist held in Sudan capital
Agents of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) detained an activist member of the Baath Party in Khartoum on Saturday. On Sunday morning, the print-runs of El Masadir and El Jareeda daily newspapers were confiscated.
Ashraf Abdelaziz, editor-in-chief of El Jareeda, told Radio Dabanga that “as usual no explanation was given for the confiscation of his newspaper.
“Most probably the reason was a report we printed about the authorities’ preventing Abdelmajid Abdelhamid, editor-in-chief of El Masadir, from attending a meeting between the Egyptian President Abdelfattah El Sisi and President Omar Al Bashir in Khartoum,” he said. “El Masadir published a statement about the matter as well.”
On Saturday, a group of NISS agents detained Ahmed Abdelghaffar, member of the Arabic Socialist Baath Party, in Khartoum.
The day before he had distributed Baath statements condemning the soaring prices, the corruption, the deterioration of education and health services, calling on the people “to stand up and overthrow the regime through a popular uprising and replacing it with a progressive alternative”.
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