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Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese journalist found after being abducted, tortured

Hundosa was found on the side of the road with her head shaved. (Somaya Ibrahim Ismail Hundosa)

New York, November 5, 2012--A critical Sudanese freelance journalist was found on the side of a road in Khartoum on Friday after being reported missing on October 29, according to news reports. Somaya Ibrahim Ismail Hundosa had been tortured and her head shaved while she was held captive, the reports said.

Hundosa was found in a remote area of the capital, news reports said. Her family said that she had been subjected to "physical torture and beating with whips" and that she had been told her head was shaved because "it looked like the hair of Arabs while she belonged to the slaves in Darfur," according to the pro-democracy group Grifina (We Are Fed Up). The journalist is now recovering at home with her family.

Blog   |   Sudan

In Sudan, a new strategy to censor the press

Journalists with Al-Tayar protest government censorship of their paper. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudanese authorities have a long history of closing newspapers and silencing journalists. But the government security agents who carry out official censorship have launched a new strategy this year that focuses on economic impoverishment--leaving newspapers more vulnerable than ever.

Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudan frees one journalist; at least 8 still held

At least eight journalists are detained in Sudan despite al-Bashir's announcement. (Reuters)
New York, August 30, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of a jailed journalist in Sudan, but is troubled by reports of the continued detention of at least eight others without charge. President Omar al-Bashir had announced Saturday that he would free all journalists detained in Sudan.

Alerts   |   Sudan

CPJ condemns censorship of Sudanese paper

New York, July 12, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns a decision by the Security and National Intelligence Service to bar publication of the daily Al-Intibaha. Authorities suspended the newspaper last week because of the newspaper’s supposed role “in strengthening separatist tendencies in the south and the north,” a security official told local reporters.

July 12, 2010 4:21 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

CPJ calls on Sudan to end newspaper censorship

New York, June 7, 2010The Sudanese government should halt ongoing newspaper censorship, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today, after at least two papers failed to appear on newsstands over the weekend.

June 7, 2010 6:03 PM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

Sudanese editors questioned for 'insulting' al-Bashir

Al-Bashir (AP)

New York, March 18, 2010Sudan’s official press regulator, the National Press Council, should drop its investigation of two editors accused of insulting President Omar al-Bashir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. 

Yass Omar al-Imam, editor-in-chief of the pro-opposition daily Rai al-Shaab, and Fayez al-Silaik, acting editor-in-chief of the independent daily Ajras al-Hurriya, were questioned Monday by officials with the National Press Council according to news reports. 

March 18, 2010 2:25 PM ET

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Blog   |   Sudan

Executions in editor's murder trigger doubts, outrage

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Sudan's execution this week of nine men found guilty of involvement in the 2006 assassination of editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed, left, is seen by many there as an outrageous miscarriage of justice, spurred by a thirst on the part of President Omar al-Bashir's regime for settling scores with the rebellious region of Darfur.

April 17, 2009 10:38 AM ET

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Alerts   |   Sudan

Editor charged with criminal defamation

New York, October 14, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about a criminal lawsuit that has been filed against the editor of The Citizen newspaper in Southern Sudan and calls on authorities to drop the case immediately.

October 14, 2008 8:06 PM ET

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Blog   |   China

Olympics: 21 edicts on coverage

About a week ago I mentioned a South China Morning Post article, "Screws tighten on mainland journalists" that outlined a 21-point memo that had come down from the Central Propaganda Department in July, giving guidelines for China's media coverage during the Olympics. These sorts of directives are typically disseminated across the country, to editors at every newspaper and broadcaster by the Central Propaganda Department. This list is a broad one, but during breaking stories very specific directives can come down daily, even hourly when necessary. For an example of what they look like, here's a selection from our pre-Olympics report, Falling Short. 

August 21, 2008 6:39 AM ET

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Olympics-China Media Watch: Nationalist fervor and the Olympics

AP Photo/Michael SohnBasketball star Yao Ming carried the Olympic torch through Tiananmen Square today in the triumphant final leg of a relay fraught with protest. His long-legged saunter under the gaze of Mao's portrait captured headlines in today's Web news outlets, along with speculation about who will light the torch at the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday.

Also in the news was the start of Olympic competition in Tianjin, which brought an auspicious win. The Chinese women's soccer team beat Sweden 2-1.

August 6, 2008 10:40 AM ET

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