♦ This week’s news in brief ♦

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan’s news highlights from Darfur and Sudan

A compact weekly digest of Dabanga Sudan's news highlights from Darfur and Sudan


♦ Protest crackdown: Sudan suspends correspondents' work permits

January 22 – 2019 KHARTOUM Sudanese newspapers and foreign correspondents’ work permits have been confiscated again by the Sudanese security service for their coverage of the ongoing protests against President Omar Al Bashir and the economic crises in Sudan, since December 19.

El Jareeda newspaper was confiscated for the ninth time in a row on Monday, as well as El Midan newspaper, El Tayyar and El Baath. The NISS restrictions are severe, journalists have said: any material related to the demonstrations and the security forces’ violence against the demonstrators is banned.

For this reason Sudanese authorities also withdrew work permits and press cards on Monday from journalists of Sudanese and foreign media agencies. The permit of El Arabiya TV correspondent Saadeldin Hasan was withdrawn, as well as the permits of the Turkish Anadolu correspondents Bahram Abdelmonim and Mahmoud Hajaj, and correspondents of Al Jazeera English and Arabic, including Hiba Morgan.

When covering protests mid-January, NISS members beat a number of journalists who were covering a peaceful march in Khartoum Bahri, detained and interrogated them.

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♦ Sudan uprising: Masses protest in Omdurman, El Gezira demo carries on

January 22 – 2019 WAD MEDANI / KHARTOUM On Sunday, many Sudanese people demonstrated in Omdurman, as demonstrations demanding president Omar Al Bashir and his regime to step down entered the fifth week. Security forces were deployed with unprecedented size along streets leading to Parliament yesterday. Security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets, tear gas, electric wires, and batons, causing injury to demonstrators.

Both on Sunday and Monday the capital of El Gezira state, Wad Medani, became the stage of peaceful protests. Eyewitnesses told Radio Dabanga that joint security forces confronted the demonstrations with tear gas, guns and plastic wires to disperse them. In previous days, demonstrations were also carried out by hospital workers in Sennar, Kassala, and El Fasher.

A young Sudanese man who was reportedly shot by security forces in Khartoum died from his injuries on Monday, the Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee said. He is the third victim who died from the protest in Burri neighbourhood last Thursday, after a doctor and a man were also killed by security forces.

Today (Tuesday), workers gathered under the banner of the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and civil society groups again called upon Sudanese people to go out in demonstrations that day.

Meanwhile President Omar Al Bashir’s accusation of anti-government demonstrators killing each other during demonstrations, using weapons that are not in use of Sudanese armed forces, has met fierce backlash.

More news from Radio Dabanga:

Doctors: Student injured in Thursday’s Khartoum protest died

January 22 – 2019 KHARTOUM A young Sudanese man who was reportedly shot by security forces in Khartoum died from his injuries on Monday, the Sudan Central Doctors’ Committee…


Health Ministry statement on doctor killed outside his home

January 21 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Forensic Medicine Specialist of the federal Health Ministry, Mahjoub Babikir, said in a statement yesterday that Dr Babikir Abdelhamid was…

UN S-G: Darfur security situation ‘relatively stable’

January 20 – 2019 NEW YORK The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reports that over the past three months, the security situation in Darfur has remained…

Doctors withdraw from Sudan’s military, police hospitals

January 20 – 2019 KHARTOUM The Sudanese Central Doctors’ Committee announced the withdrawal of all doctors from the military and police hospitals in the country, and from the El…

Sudan security releases ‘activists against voluntary return’ arrested in Chad

January 17 – 2019 KHARTOUM Yesterday, the security forces released activist Kamal El Zein, Abdu Ishag, and Ibrahim Abdallah from the NISS detention centres near the Shendi…

Op-ed: Can Sudan’s Al Bashir survive his last days in power?

January 17 – 2019 WASHINGTON DC By Salah ShuaibAs raucous protests mount against Al Bashir’s regime in Sudan’s capital and elsewhere in the country, Sudan is now at the most…

EU Parliament urges Sudan to end violence against protests

January 17 – 2019 STRASBOURG Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have urged Sudanese authorities to end violence against those protesting President Al Bashir’s regime…

Fuel, cash shortages in Sudan capital and states

January 17 – 2019 KHARTOUM / EL RAHAD / EL GENEINA On Wednesday, the fuel crisis returned in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The city saw long queues of vehicles for fuel…

Long queues for cash as Khartoum banks, ATMs run dry

January 16 – 2019 KHARTOUM Cash withdrawals have been severely limited in Khartoum state in Sudan as the country-wide liquidity crisis continues without a solution in sight. Each…


Sudan’s Al Bashir scoffs at rebel boycott of peace negotiations

January 16 – 2019 NYALA President Omar Al Bashir has ridiculed the declaration of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement faction headed by Minni Minawi…



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