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Sudanese journalist arrested for protest coverage

March 31 - 2022 KHARTOUM
Sudanese Journalists Network (file photo)
Sudanese Journalists Network (file photo)

A journalist working for El Jareeda newspaper, Ma'ab Mirghani, was arrested and intimidated by the security forces for covering the protest events in central Khartoum’s El Soug El Arabi on Wednesday.

The Sudanese Journalists Network (SJN) said in a statement that, “authorities detained Mirghani for more than eight hours, in order to obtain a confession about her affiliation with a political party.”

According to the statement, the authorities filed a report against the journalist under Article 77 of the Public Disturbance Act. The network’s statement alleged that the authorities had no grounds, and the arrest was simply an act of “disrespect to the profession of journalism”.

The SJN condemned the treatement of Mirghani as well as the nationwide violations journalists are facing under "coup rule", and added that her treatment is part of a series of violations that women journalists face in the field on an ongoing basis.

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