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Sudan Is Urged by Rights Group to End Crackdown on Journalists

May 03, 2012

Sudanese authorities should end a crackdown on journalists that has intensified since the start of uprisings in North Africa last year, Amnesty International said.

Reporters and editors are being charged, newspapers confiscated and vendors prevented from distributing copies, the London-based human-rights organization said in a statement today.

“Although attacks against freedom of expression are not new to Sudan, the pattern of harassment and intimidation of critics of the government has intensified since January 2011,” said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty’s Africa Director.

Sudanese authorities shut down 15 newspapers, confiscated more than 40 newspaper editions, arrested eight journalists and banned two from writing since May 2011, Borght said in the statement.

Al-Obeid Murawih, spokesman for Sudan’s Foreign Ministry, didn’t answer his phone when Bloomberg called seeking comment today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emily Bowers in Accra at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net


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