AU decries crackdown on Sudanese press
THE SUDANESE press continues to be severely hobbled by frequent seizures of the entire print run and suspensions of publications, the AU Commission said yesterday.
It said the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) had “shown unflinching determination to carry out mass confiscations against newspapers deemed to cross what it describes as ‘red lines’”. During the last couple of months, the NISS reportedly confiscated copies of newspapers 32 times. In February 2015, the agency seized print runs of 14 newspapers from the printing press on one day. Ashraf Abdel-Aziz, chief editor of Al-Jareeda, a daily, said the NISS had seized the newspaper 27 times during the past year. He said the National Council for Press and Publications also suspended the daily four times. The confiscations cost the newspaper tens of thousands of dollars.