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Reporter fined for West Darfur bread riot

May 15 - 2016 EL GENEINA

Agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) arrested journalist Alaludin Babikir of El Raiulam newspaper on Wednesday, and fined him for inciting a bread riot.

The NISS held Babikir on charges of incitement of a bread demonstration that erupted in El Geneina in West Darfur several months ago.

A source told Radio Dabanga that the security authorities fined him SDG30,000 ($5,000) for damage to the building of the El Geneina judiciary during the demonstration during which citizens took to the city’s streets to protest a shortage of bread and soaring bread prices.

Babikir covered the demonstration for El Raiulam, but has been accused of inciting the riot itself.

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