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Sudan security gags Akhir Lahza newspaper

July 31 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Akhir Lahza daily newspaper
Akhir Lahza daily newspaper

Agents of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Service (NISS) confiscated the print run of Akhir Lahza daily newspaper on Friday, for the second time in a row.

No reasons were given for the seizure of the 14,000 copies of the daily newspaper from the printing press in Khartoum early on Friday morning. On Thursday, the print run was also seized for unknown reasons.

On Wednesday, the print-runs of El Sayha and El Taghyeer newspapers were confiscated. Journalists suspected that it is a reaction to an article drawing comparisons between Turkey’s failed coup and the 1989 coup that brought Omar Al Bashir to power in Sudan.

Journalist Faisal El Bagir, the general coordinator of the Network of Journalists for Human Rights condemned the confiscation of the newspapers. He told Radio Dabanga that the security apparatus exercises abuses against journalists and expresses pride on punishing newspapers, without any resort to the law.

Sudan tops the world's list of violators of press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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