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Security authorities close El Tayar newspaper in Khartoum

February 23 - 2012 Khartoum

The head of Sudan's security service Mohammed Atta reportedly issued permission for the newspaper to be closed.

The Sudanese Network of Journalists sharply condemned the move, calling it an affront on freedom of expression and against the Sudanese constitution as well as international laws ratified by Sudan.

The Darfur Bar Association also denounced the shutting down as an attack on human rights and against freedom of expression.

Security services have closed Al Rai Al Shab, Ajras El Hurriya and Alwan newspapers recently and started a crackdown on english newspapers following the secession of the South in July last year.

Amnesty International reported in 2011 that authorities routinely regulate censorship by contacting newspapers prior to printing to inform of issues that should not be covered.

In the event of printing newspapers on banned topics, security authorities shut down papers following printing, inflicting financial penalties.

AI reported detentions of newspaper editors and individual journalists deemed a threat to national security, as well as allegations of torture in custody.


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