Sudan / Middle East & North Africa

  
Sudanese protesters are seen with their smartphones in Khartoum on April 21, 2019. CPJ has called on South African telecommunications company MTN Group to end its role in Sudan's internet shutdowns. (AFP/Ozan Kose)

CPJ joins letter urging MTN Group to end participation in internet shutdowns in Sudan

The Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday joined 22 other organizations in signing a joint letter to executives at South African telecommunications company MTN Group, calling on them to end their roles in Sudan’s internet shutdowns.

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Sudanese wave flags and chant slogans as they gather outside the army headquarters in Khartoum on May 30. Sudan's military rulers have ordered Al-Jazeera's Khartoum bureau to be shut down. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

Sudan’s military rulers shut down Al-Jazeera Khartoum bureau

Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019–Sudan’s military rulers yesterday ordered the Khartoum bureau of Al-Jazeera to be shut down and banned its staff from working in the country, the Qatari-broadcaster said today. Forces yesterday raided the outlet without providing a reason and confiscated work permits for staff and broadcasting equipment, Hassan Saeed Elmogummer Taha, an Al-Jazeera…

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Al-Tayar Editor-in-Chief Osman Mirghani is seen in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 23, 2014. In late February 2019, he was taken by Sudanese authorities, who have not released his location or announced any charges against him. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters)

Sudanese journalist detained in undisclosed location for weeks without charges

New York, March 8, 2019 — Sudanese authorities must immediately release journalist Osman Mirghani from detention or clarify his whereabouts and the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Sudanese demonstrators participate in anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan, on January 24, 2019. The Sudanese authorities have arrested at least six critical journalists in recent days. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan arrests six critical journalists as protests continue

Washington, D.C., January 28, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to release at least six journalists who have been detained in recent days after covering widespread antigovernment protests calling on President Omar al-Bashir to resign.

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President Omar al-Bashir waves to supporters during a rally in Khartoum on January 9. Sudanese authorities have revoked the credentials of at least six journalists working for international outlets. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

As anti-Bashir protests continue, Sudan revokes credentials of foreign press

Washington, D.C. January 22, 2019–Sudanese authorities yesterday revoked the credentials of at least six journalists working for international news outlets, including Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera, according to news reports. The outlets have been covering demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir. Bashir is due to travel to Qatar today for his first international trip since the protests began…

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An anti-government rally in Khartoum on January 13. Several journalists are detained and Sudanese authorities are censoring newspapers to try to limit coverage of the unrest. (AP)

Sudan responds to anti-Bashir coverage with censorship and arrests

“We were all journalists, so we went to work. We wrote about what happened to us that day,” Ashraf Abdelaziz, editor-in-chief of the privately owned al-Jarida daily told me over the phone this week, while recounting how he and his colleagues reported on their own arrest while still in detention.

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Sudanese protesters run away from tear gas during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan's capital, on December 31, 2018. Sudan has detained several opposition journalists amid the ongoing protests. (AFP)

Sudan detains several critical columnists amid protests

Washington D.C., January 4, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to release at least three journalists who have been detained in recent days after publishing columns in support of ongoing, widespread anti-government protests that have included calls for President Omar al-Bashir to resign.

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Residents stand outside an automated teller machine in Khartoum, Sudan, on November 8, 2018. Authorities in December declared a state of emergency in several cities due to anti-inflation protests. (Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Sudan must stop trying to censor newspapers, websites

Washington D.C, December 21, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to stop trying to stifle news coverage of this week’s widespread anti-government protests. Internet service in Sudan, including access to social media websites, was disrupted today, according to Access Now and NetBlocks, two organizations that track internet shutdowns. Yesterday, the local…

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Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo is led handcuffed from a court in Yangon in September. He and colleague Wa Lone are serving seven-year prison sentences in Myanmar. (Reuters/Ann Wang)

Hundreds of journalists jailed globally becomes the new normal

For the third year in a row, 251 or more journalists are jailed around the world, suggesting the authoritarian approach to critical news coverage is more than a temporary spike. China, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia imprisoned more journalists than last year, and Turkey remained the world’s worst jailer. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser

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Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir speaks to parliament in the capital, Khartoum, in April. Sudanese authorities are harassing the critical press by censoring news outlets and questioning journalists. (AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

Sudanese authorities prevent papers from distributing, question reporters

Washington D.C., June 18, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Sudanese authorities to stop harassing the press by censoring news outlets, questioning journalists, and revoking reporters’ accreditation.

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