Kassala State bans campaigning in local dialects
Salah Barkin, the Beja Congress’ candidate for Governor of Kassala State, has slammed as “unconstitutional” a Kassala State ban on campaigning in local dialects, Ajras Al-Hurriya reports. The local state radio had turned down requests to air his campaign message in the local dialect saying it had to be recorded in Arabic.
Barkin maintained that this was a show of disrespect for the local dialects of eastern Sudan and a continuation of “policies of cultural hegemony” meted out on them and on others by the central government.
UNMIS media report. March 23, 2010.