Concern about Sudanese authorities’ tougher line on news media

first_img Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica RSF_en Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the authorities’ increasingly repressive attitude to the media, in which the latest development has been the suspension of the newspaper Al-Saiha on the orders of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on 20 May.The NISS began by confiscating the latest issue as it came off the presses but announced the newspaper’s suspension later in the day without giving any reason or saying how long it would last. The closure came a few days after Al-Saiha published an article accusing the under-secretary for justice of corruption.The NISS did give an explanation yesterday. It issued a statement saying the media should take care not to jeopardize national security and stability and should avoid stories that could hurt the image of the political, military or judicial authorities. The length of the suspension is still unknown.“We call for the immediate lifting of Al-Saiha’s suspension,” Reporters Without Borders research director Lucie Morillon said. “The government’s talk of ‘national dialogue’ and respect for media freedom is clearly contradicted by its actions. As for the NISS, its thinly veiled goal seems to be to control all of Sudan’s media or, at least, their editorial policies and what they publish.”Sudanese authorities are clearly cracking down on freedom of information. In a tough message to journalists on 19 May, President Omar al-Bashir accused certain media of “repeatedly dealing with national security, military affairs and justice issues in a negative and destructive manner that subjects the safety of the nation to harm and weakens its cohesion and crumbles its texture.”The media should refrain from crossing the “red lines,” he added.Sudan is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.photo : AFP April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation May 22, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about Sudanese authorities’ tougher line on news media News to go furthercenter_img News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent SudanAfrica Receive email alerts April 10, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Newslast_img read more