February 21, 2012

Newspapers confiscated over government accusation

 Al-Turabi speaks at the press conference, accusing the government
of wiretapping his office.
[Sudan Tribune photo]

Limited Press Freedom in Sudan
The complete print run of Al-Tayar and Al-Youm Al-Tali newspapers were confiscated by the National Information and Security Services on Monday February 20, 2012.

They each published accusations of wiretapping by the government. The leader of the opposition showed listening devices said to be found in his office.

Hassan al-Turabi of the Popular Congress Party held a press conference to publicize his allegations. Security officials warned the papers not to publish the information, but the papers printed the stories. The printed copies were confiscated.

Reporters later protested the actions of the government at National Press Council, which is in charge of licensing newspapers.

Sudan has been ranked among the world's 10 worst countries with regards to media freedom in the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index of Reporters Without Borders.

Read the complete story at AllAfrica.

UPDATE: Al-Tayar newspaper will be closed down according to security officials.

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