AU de­cries crack­down on Su­danese press

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

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.

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