Sudan seizes print-runs of four news­pa­pers

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Su­danese author­i­ties seized the print-runs of four daily news­pa­pers on yes­ter­day, staff said. One ed­i­tor called it a crack­down on cov­er­age of anti-aus­ter­ity protests.

Of­fi­cers moved in to stop the dis­tri­bu­tion of Al-Ta­yar, Al­ja­reeda, Al Ayam and Al-Youm Al-tali news­pa­pers, work­ers told Reuters. “The likely rea­son is the news­pa­per’s cov­er­age of the calls for civil dis­obe­di­ence,” Al-Ta­yar’s ed­i­tor-in-chief Os­man Mirghani said.

Protests erupted ear­lier this month af­ter Sudan an­nounced aus­ter­ity mea­sures, in­clud­ing fuel and elec­tric­ity sub­sidy cuts and re­stric­tions on some im­ports. Ac­tivists have called for more acts of civil dis­obe­di­ence this week.

Sudan’s econ­omy has strug­gled since South Sudan se­ceded in 2011, tak­ing with it three quar­ters of the coun­try’s oil out­put, a key source of for­eign cur­rency and gov­ern­ment rev­enue.

Four op­po­si­tion lead­ers were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day, and on Sun­day author­i­ties or­dered the clo­sure of Om­dur­man, a pri­vate tele­vi­sion chan­nel, which had been run­ning for the past six years.

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