AJU denounces Sudan’s confiscation of newspapers

Arab Journalists Union said the government's action against 14 newspapers were unprecedented and is in conflict with the freedom of expression.

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Published: Thu 19 Feb 2015, 1:58 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:56 PM

Dubai - Arab Journalists Union (AJU) on Sunday denounced the confiscation of 14 newspapers by the Sudanese authorities, and described the action as unprecedented and are in conflict with the freedom of opinion and expression.

In a statement, AJU said the Sudanese government authorities had taken the action without alerting the bodies concerning the assessment of the Press and considering the law streamlining the Press and publications.

AJU demanded the Sudanese authority to review the measures it had taken against the newspapers. The union extended support and solidarity with the Sudanese Journalists Union in the issue, and demanded the authorities to cancel all the manifestations of annoying and harassing the freedom of the Press and expression as these actions serve as insult to the government of Sudan.

AJU appealed to all international and human rights organisations to denounce the undemocratic measure taken by the Sudanese government. Sudan’s information minister Ahmed Bilal Osman justified the confiscation of the dailies by the security and intelligence agency by saying that the newspapers were seized according to law. He said any attempt to compromise national security will be swiftly dealt within the purview of the law.

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