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‘Sudan govt. cannot let the press write what they want’: official

January 22 - 2017 KHARTOUM
Journalists protest the increasing oppression of press freedom in Sudan (Sudanese Journalists Network)
Journalists protest the increasing oppression of press freedom in Sudan (Sudanese Journalists Network)

On Thursday, the under-secretary of the Ministry of Information said that the government cannot let the newspapers write whatever they want.

“The security authorities have to continue monitoring what will be published each day, and confiscate any newspaper or stop any radio or television channel if their publications or broadcasts constitute a threat to national security,” Under-Secretary Yasir Khidir stated at the Ministry’s weekly press conference in Khartoum on Thursday.

In response, Feisal El Bagir, coordinator of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), told Radio Dabanga that “The statements of the under-secretary emphasise the extensive control of the security apparatus over almost all institutions and people in the country, and its freedom to impose its views at everyone.

“By using censorship and confiscation of print-runs as a weapon to gag the journalists in the country, the government exposes its fear of the press and media,” he said.

“However, with all the digital channels, newspapers, and the social media news cannot be hidden anymore.”


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