|3rd October |
Authorities close Sudanese daily newspaper
article from rnw.nl
In July, two female journalists of the al-Jarida daily were sentenced to one month in prison for writing an article about the alleged rape of an activist by security forces. The security forces have categorically denied the rape allegations.
Security forces have now informed al-Jarida staff that it will no longer be allowed to publish, said editor-in-chief Saad el-Din Ibrahim.
They told us about a decision by security forces that the newspaper will be closed and its property will be confiscated. They didn't give a reason. Staff were told by them to take their personal belongings.
30th October 2011. See article from allafrica.com
editor of the Arabic daily newspaper Alwan told Reuters that security agents arrived late on Saturday's night and banned the title from distributing its Sunday edition.
According to Alwan's editor, Ahmed Younis, no reason was given for the ban.
They told us the edition would be confiscated. Until now I have no ideas why they did that. I think they just want put pressure on the publisher, editor Ahmed Younis said.
|15th September |
Sudan bans sports papers supposedly for encouraging violence between rival fans
See article from
Sudan will suspend six sports newspapers and issue warnings to three others, the national press council said, for supposed violations including encouraging violence between rival soccer teams, in the latest crackdown on the media.
Press Council will suspend the sports newspapers because they had violated journalistic standards and for administrative issues, which are damaging Sudan's reputation, its Secretary General El-Obeid Ahmed Morawah said. He cited the encouragement of
violence between competing football teams as one violation.
|9th September |
Regular seizures of Sudanese newspaper Al-Maydan
See article from
On Sunday, Sudanese security forces confiscated issues of Al-Maydan, the bi-weekly mouthpiece of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP).
According to the newspaper, this is the sixth time in the last four months that copies have been confiscated.
16th September 2011. See article from
Al-Sahafa, a Sudanese independent newspaper, was confiscated by security forces on Wednesday, and the Thursday edition was also held from
distribution, according to editor Annur Ahmed Annur.
|12th August |
Sudanese newspaper seized by security forces
article from indexoncensorship.org
See also Censorship, prosecutions and extended detention signal steady decline in media freedom from
On August 8, issues of Al-Ahdath , a Sudanese daily newspaper, were confiscated by security forces.
Officials have yet to provide an explanation for the confiscation. Previously, officials pressured the editor of Al-Ahdath to retract
articles written about violence in South Sudan.
|7th May |
Sudan seizes all copies of a Sunday newspaper
article from af.reuters.com
Sudanese security forces confiscated the entire Sunday edition of an independent newspaper, its editor said.
Sudan's constitution supposedly guarantees press freedom but several journalists have been detained without charge in recent months and papers
are often subject to direct censorship.
Police came after midnight and took all copies after we had printed it. They gave no explanation, said Osman Murghni, editor of Al-Tayar newspaper. He said authorities had not informed the newspaper
why the edition was taken and he said it was probably to show its disapproval of coverage of Monday's elections in South Kordofan.
|9th February |
Sudanese newspaper censorship in fear of Tunisia/Egypt style uprisings
article from amnesty.org
Amnesty International calls on Sudan to release 16 people seized during a raid on a newspaper headquarters in Khartoum.
16 people, including nine members of staff working with the Communist party-affiliated newspaper Al-Midan, were arrested by
National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents.
The Sudanese government must immediately release all those detained during this blatant attempt to stifle free speech, said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International's Africa
Program director: The people of Sudan have every right to peaceful protest without fear of arrest, assault and harassment. And the media have every right to freely report these events.
The Al-Midan newspaper was banned from distributing an
edition which carried reports covering protests in Khartoum inspired by those in Tunisia and Egypt. Opposition newspaper Ajrass Al Hurriya and independent Al Sahafa were also stopped from distributing similar reports.
|10th August |
Sudan lifts government pre-publication press censorship
Based on article from
Sudan's National Assembly has welcomed the National Security Organ's decision to lift censorship, terming it as a significant step toward boosting press freedoms.
Abdurham Ahmed Al-Sheikh Al-Fadni, the Head Acting Human Rights Committee, hailed
the initiative of the national press to serve national interests and enlightenment on challenging facing the country. He said the decision would put Sudanese press before a new challenge with regard to performing its duties toward the country through
self-monitoring and complying with the Press Ethic, Press Association and Press & Prints Council.
Lieut. Gen. Mohamed Ataa, Chief of National Security and Intelligence affirmed that the organ preserves it constitutional right to impose partial
or full censorship whenever necessary, adding that the security organ is keen on press and political rights as long as there is common agreement to prejudice against principles of the country and unity of its territories.
|9th July |
Sudan censors all newspapers disagreeing with government stance on South Sudan
Based on article from
Sudan intelligence services have imposed press censorship, which was lifted in September, six months ahead of a key referendum on independence for south Sudan, the country's association of journalists said.
We have been notified by the
intelligence services that the newspaper Al-Intibaha has been closed and that from today press censorship has once again been imposed, Mohiedinne Titawi, president of the Sudanese Union of Journalists, told AFP.
The censorship will focus on
the issue of the country's unity or separation and the security of south Sudan, he added.
Titawi's comments follow earlier reports by Sudanese journalists that the government halted the distribution of three newspapers considered critical of
the authorities in south Sudan.
The three dailies, Al-Intibaha, Al-Tayyar and Al-Ahdath, which are all deemed critical in one way or another of the south Sudan authorities, were not available on the streets of the capital on Tuesday, according to
journalists working for the publications.
Al-Intibaha, which will be closed for an undetermined period, according to its editor Al-Siddig al-Rizeigui, was one of the only newspapers openly advocating secession.
Update: Ban lifted
6th October 2010. See
President Omar al-Bashir has lifted a ban on an influential newspaper critical the authorities in south Sudan that was closed three months ago.
|12th June |
Newspaper goes on strike over censorship of doctor's strike coverage
2010. Based on article from arabnews.com
A Sudanese newspaper said it would suspend publication for one week in protest at stringent censorship by authorities, as five other papers were censored in Africa's largest country, journalists said.
Direct pre-publication censorship was
reintroduced for two daily papers last month and four others also complained they were visited by Sudanese security forces who removed many pages of content.
We will suspend our newspaper for a week in protest at the pre-(publication)
censorship, said Faiz Al-Silaik, acting editor in chief of the Ajras Al-Huriya paper, aligned to the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement.
Ajras Al-Huriya was unable to go to press on Sunday for the third day in a row and
the opposition Al-Meydan, aligned to the Communist Party, was not allowed to print.
They went to the printing press...and they told the press not to print the paper, said managing editor Mohamed el-Fatih from Al-Meydan. The main news
they were unhappy about seemed to be the doctors' strike.
Journalists from six independent or opposition papers told Reuters they were visited and directly censored by the security forces late on Saturday night.
Other papers said they
were called and told not to write about specific news including the strike by doctors over pay and working conditions and the International Criminal Court, unless it was from a government source.
Police newspaper censorship relaxed
12th June 2010. Based on article from
The Sudanese General Union of Sudanese Journalists moderated a dialogue between the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and two independent
newspapers subject to pre-publication censorship and managed to lift it as a result, state media reported today.
The Secretary general of the pro-government union Mohyideen Tetawi said that they will defend press freedom by all means but at the
same time stressed that the country's sovereignty and dignity is a red line cannot be overstepped .
Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir last year lifted press censorship after petitions from the journalists' union but warned editor in
chiefs that they should avoid what leads to exceeding the red lines and avoid mixing what is patriotic and what is destructive to the nation, sovereignty, security, values and its morality .
|22nd May |
Sudan censors two opposition newspapers
article from africasia.com
Sudanese security officers stormed two newspapers tearing up articles ready for printing, employees said.
Authorities went to the offices of the Ajras al-Hurriya, which is linked to the former southern rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement and
the independent daily Al-Sahafa, and confiscated articles.
Security officers also went to the offices of the Al-Sahafa daily and demanded to see editorial material and opinion columns, an employee said.
The move comes just days after
authorities shut down the Rai al-Shaab newspaper of Islamist leader Hassan al-Turabi, and detained four employees.
|29th September |
Sudan lifts press censorship law
As Sudan prepares for the first general elections in decades, President Omar al-Beshir lifts censorship on the press.
As of today, censorship is over and journalists have complete freedom, said a presidential decree carried by the official
SUNA news agency.
Head of the country's Press Council, Ali Shimo, said the pre-censorship system was called off after editors, journalists' associations and censors signed an ethics code for practicing journalism.
Up to now, a
group of government-led sensors screened newspapers every night before hitting the stands to purge them of sensitive articles despite a law guaranteeing freedom of the press .
Under the law, passed in parliament in June, the press
were granted freedom but banned from provoking religious or ethnic or racial sedition or calling for war or violence, while respecting and protecting public ethics, religious values and those found guilty of violating the press law had to
pay a fixed penalty set by the courts. But in practice, the law was impractical and the censors continued their job.
The new press law and lifting of censorship will only be applied to the written press and not to television.
|9th June |
CPJ protests repressive Sudanese press law
1st June 2009. Based on article from
Sudanese media have suffered multiple blows in recent months as parliament considers a harshly repressive press bill and authorities impose an exceptional level of censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
The press bill,
introduced in the Sudanese National Assembly in April, falls far short of international standards for free expression, according to CPJ's analysis.
The bill grants the National Council for the Press and Publications unprecedented authority to
grant and revoke publication licenses; impose strict disciplinary measures against journalists; conduct examination of journalists to determine their suitability for the profession; and confiscate printing equipment. Eight of the council's 21 members
would be appointed by the president, according to the bill. The president's office would have sole oversight of the National Council for the Press and Publications.
According to the bill, newspapers would have to renew licenses annually and
journalists must be registered with the council in order to work. Journalists can be fined up to 50,000 new Sudanese pounds (US$21,000) for violating any provision of the bill, according to Article 37. Article 26 stipulates that an editor-in-chief bears
primary legal responsibility for all matters appearing in a newspaper, but it assigns legal responsibility to writers, editors, publishers, printers, and distributors as well.
In another alarming development, local journalists told CPJ that
security agents are imposing censorship at an ever-increasing rate. The 1999 National Security Forces Law grants security forces significant powers over the media.
Around 9 p.m. every day, security officers visit newspapers to determine what they
can print and what will be censored, journalists told CPJ. It is totally arbitrary, Murtadha al-Ghali, editor-in-chief of the independent daily Ajras al-Huriya, told CPJ. [The officer] removes certain articles from our newspaper and the next
day other newspapers publish similar articles.
Update: Fine Dropped
article from sudantribune.com
Sudanese parliament agreed to remove the
heavy fine imposed on the journalists in a draft law discussed currently by the legislators, the head of Sudanese journalists syndicate said.
Mahi Eddin Titawi, said yesterday they had agreed with a National Assembly subcommittee reviewing the
contested press draft law to drop the fine of 50,000 Sudanese pound (21,500 US dollars) that journalists could face for unspecified offences.
Titawi further said the journalists would not have to be registered at the government controlled press
council but at the journalists syndicate.
Update: Press Law Passed
9th June 2009. Based on
article from reuters.com
Sudan Monday passed an amended version of
a media bill that sparked protests in Khartoum last month, but the new version failed to allay the fears of many Sudanese journalists.
A peace accord, which ended more than 20 years of fighting between the north and south, also promised Sudan's
first free elections in 24 years. Analysts and Sudanese opposition politicians have said a new press law is crucial for the February ballot.
Journalists said Monday they were pleased legislators had removed a section from earlier drafts that
would have allowed a powerful press council to fine journalists or newspapers up to 50,000 Sudanese Pounds ($21,000). In the final version, law courts decide penalties and can choose how long to suspend newspapers.
But the new press bill leaves
room for state interference on the grounds of national security or public order and it remains unclear if censorship will be reduced.
|15th April |
Sudan bans Ajras Al-Hurriya newspaper
Based on article from
The Sudanese authorities banned a daily newspaper for two days for their coverage of press conference held by the Secretary General of the Sudan people’s Liberation Movement and articles on the press freedom.
Ajras Al-Hurriya, a pro-SPLM daily
newspaper had been banned by the security service on Thursday and Friday for the coverage of a press conference held by Pagan Amum the SPLM secretary general and some editorials written by the editor in chief and other journalists on the draft of new
In a press release the daily denounced the abusive censorship saying other newspapers were allowed to publish the same coverage of Pagan statements. It also added that security officials remove official’s news, interviews and even the
|20th November |
Sudan newspapers go on strike against censorship
article from somalinet.com
As part of a growing protest against state censorship ten Sudanese newspapers suspended publication on Tuesday, journalists said.
Sudanese reporters said it was the biggest voluntary shut down of the media since the days of British rule in the
The protest came a day after 63 journalists and newspaper staff were detained for more than three hours by police after staging a rally outside Sudan's parliament.
This is a real step forward, said Faisal Mohamed Saleh, a
columnist for Al-Akhbar newspaper: In the past a few partisan newspapers have staged protests. But most of the people who are taking part today are journalists from independent newspapers.
The 10 papers were planning to shut-down again on
Wednesday if other publications agreed to join in, said Saleh.
Journalists complain of nightly visits from security officers who instruct editors to remove sensitive articles from the next day's edition.
|18th November |
Sudan newspaper editors arrested at protest against censorship
article from news.bbc.co.uk
Police in Sudan have arrested more than 60 journalists during a protest against media censorship, witnesses say.
Riot police armed with canes and shields rounded up the journalists outside parliament and took them to a police station, witnesses
Those detained have subsequently been released, officials say.
Demonstrators said they had been protesting against a press crackdown under way despite guarantees of media freedom in a 2005 peace deal.
Those arrested included
senior editorial staff and a number of women, witnesses said.
Murtada el-Ghali, editor in chief of the Ajras al-Hurriya newspaper, told AFP news agency that police had taken mobile phones and money from some of those arrested.
been weeks of protests against media censorship in Sudan led by Ajras al-Hurriya and two other papers. Editors say that newspapers are now subject to nightly checks by the security forces who routinely remove articles they do not approve of.
|11th November |
Sudan newspapers banned for protesting against censorship
Based on article from
See also SPLM withdraws officers from Sudan press
censorship unit from sudantribune.com
The Sudanese authorities banned Saturday the publication of two daily newspapers after a three day strike to protest against press censorship and journalists arrest.
The National Security Service barred Ajras Al-Huriya and Ray Al-Shab newspapers
from publishing on Saturday because they didn't inform the security apparatus of the strike.
They told us 'you didn't inform us about your strike and... we're taking the measure of stopping you for one day', said Murtada Al-Ghali, the
editor in chief of Ajras Al-Hurriya.to sanction sanctioned two daily newspapers that were in a three day strike to
On Tuesday November 4, Sudanese journalists began a 24-hour hunger strike and the Ajras Al-Hurriya, Al-Maidan and Rayal Al-Shab
newspapers halted production for three days, saying they could no longer accept government restrictions over editorial content.
Ajras al-Huriya whose name means Freedom Bells in English, had failed to appear more than 20 times since its April 7
launch owing to censors. The daily is closely linked to the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the main partner of the National Congress Party and the ruling party in southern Sudan.
|5th November |
Newspaper editor arrested
Based on article from nytimes.com
Two Sudanese daily newspapers said that they would suspend publication for three days and that their journalists would go on a 24-hour hunger strike to protest state censorship.
The journalists said they were resisting a mounting crackdown on
freedom of expression ahead of elections expected next year.
Salah Kajam, publisher of the independent Ajras al-Hurria, said state agents regularly removed articles critical of the government and reports of violence in Darfur, among other things.
|14th October |
Newspaper editor arrested
Based on article from afp.google.com
A local newspaper editor said he was being held by southern Sudanese authorities for publishing an article critical of corruption in the semi-autonomous, post-conflict region.
Nhial Bol, editor of The Citizen , said police arrested him on
Friday for a story printed October 7, which lay corruption accusations against the ministry of legal affairs and constitutional development in southern Sudan.
This should be a civil case, but I have been told I will be held for three days
without bail, Bol told AFP.
Sudan has tightened restrictions on local media in recent months, demanding that newspapers based in the south move their head offices to Khartoum.
Newspaper censorship is practiced daily. In Khartoum, the
powerful security apparatus inspects newspaper editions nightly, while editors who refuse to remove articles deemed offensive risk a ban on their publications.
Update: Ajras Al
Hurriya Newspaper Censored
31st October 2008. Based on article from allafrica.com
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns outright the removal of seven proofs from Ajras Al Hurriya " newspaper by an intelligence officer responsible for proof censorship. The incident took place on 23
October 2008. This action so outraged the newspaper that it suspended its circulation for the day as a protest against the blatant censorship.
The proofs addressed the issues of abducted Chinese citizens and the crisis in Darfur, and criticized
the Sudanese president's statement excluding some Sudanese tribes from holding citizenship, amongst other controversial views.
|22nd June |
Sudan newspaper protests unworkable level of censorship
full article from Reuters
One of Sudan's leading independent papers suspended work on Thursday, saying censorship by authorities had made it impossible to function.
Ajras al-Huriya, or the Bells of Freedom, said it had not been able to publish for two days this week after
Sudanese security arrived and ordered the removal of up to nine articles and columns minutes before the paper went to the printing press.
They, the security elements, are replacing the role of the editor-in-chief, said deputy chief editor,
Fayez el-Sheikh el-Silaik: We want to send a very strong message to the international community and the political forces that we are in a very dangerous situation -- freedom is in danger now. We cannot even write about the fact that there is
Update: Bells Resume
25th June 2008
One of Sudan's leading independent newspapers resumed publication on
Tuesday after halting its presses in protest at government censorship of the media.
Ajras al-Huriya, or the Bells of Freedom, which stopped printing on Thursday, said it had been particularly targeted by the authorities who had removed up to nine
articles just before the paper went to press last week.
Today we have resumed publishing after talks with political parties and civil society organisations, said editor Abdel Moneim Suleiman.
Ajras al-Huriya said they were not
allowed to print stories about Darfur, Chad, the censorship itself or anything critical of the ruling National Congress Party.