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Sudan security seizes Midan newspaper again

December 6 - 2016 KHARTOUM
The front page of El Midan newspaper.
The front page of El Midan newspaper.

The security service confiscated the print-runs of El Midan newspaper again this morning, after the newspaper was seized several times starting last week.

El Midan was confiscated on Sunday, too. Several newspapers that covered the civil disobedience actions in Khartoum last week were gagged, sometimes for days in a row. No reasons were given for the confiscation today.

An active opponent of the repeated newspaper confiscations is Faisal El Bagir, the coordinator-general of Journalists for Human Rights (JHR). “The newspaper managements do not fear the confiscations, they are used to the seizures in Sudan and know how to resist the actions of the regime.”

'There are more ways for newspapers to reach out to the masses.'

El Midan was one of the few daily newspapers that decided not to print last Thursday, as the management expected a confiscation. Three newspapers were seized that day.

Last Wednesday, a number of newsrooms and reporters went on strike against the repeated confiscation of newspapers that covered the civil disobedience actions that lasted three days. The Sudanese Journalists' Network called for the strike.


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