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NISS quiz Sudanese journalist

April 4 - 2017 KHARTOUM
Newspaper vendors in Sudan (file photo)
Newspaper vendors in Sudan (file photo)

A journalist of El Tayyar newspaper was summoned to the offices of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Monday, and questioned about the organisation of the Islamic State she reported on.

Maha El Tilib was summoned by the security service (NISS) and questioned the same day. The Journalists for Human Rights group issued a statement explaining that the NISS focused on an article published by El Tayyar about what is known as the Organisation of Islamic State (IS).

El Tilib described the interrogation as “narrowing the freedom of Sudanese journalists”. She has been called in for questioning before. On 8 March, the NISS quizzed her about the relations between the Sudan and United States governments which she covered in an article.

Mujahed Abdallah, a journalist who is currently banned from publishing, said yesterday that the NISS abuses the Security Act to summon journalists. He said has raised a complaint about this to the Sudanese Journalists Union but the institute has not reacted to the complaint so far.

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