Journalists seek release of 2 in Sudan

2012-07-10 17:46


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Khartoum - Journalists' groups on Tuesday demanded that Sudan release two reporters, an Egyptian and a Sudanese, who were detained one week ago during a clampdown sparked by unprecedented anti-regime protests.

The official Sudanese Journalists' Union said Shaimaa Adil, of the Egyptian Al-Watan newspaper, and Marwa Al Tegani, should be either freed or brought before a court for the allegations against them to be disclosed at a transparent trial.

"We need to know the accusations," Mekki Elmograbi, the union's press freedom and human rights secretary, told AFP.

The state security agency reported that the Egyptian was in good health, but rejected the union's demand for a visit, he added.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Adil and Tegani, a freelancer, were detained after covering anti-government protests and should be immediately released.

"The whereabouts or any charges against the journalists have not been disclosed," the watchdog said.

"Sudan believes it can silence reporting of political unrest by disappearing journalists into an informational black hole," CPJ deputy director Robert Mahoney said in a statement.

"Authorities in Sudan have stepped up their harassment of journalists in recent weeks," CPJ added.

The crackdown coincides with scattered anti-government protests, sparked by high inflation, which began on 16 June and have continued for an unprecedented more than three weeks.


An Egyptian correspondent for international news wire Bloomberg was deported in late June after being detained while trying to cover the protest movement.

Also in June, security agents held an AFP correspondent for 14 hours without charge after he talked to students and took pictures at the University of Khartoum, where the demonstrations originated.

Last Friday, Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel said its crew was briefly detained and the cameraman roughed up while reporting on protests.

"Demonstrations are inherently newsworthy and journalists have a professional obligation to cover them," CPJ said in a statement last week.

"Sudanese authorities should allow them to do so without obstruction."

Sudan has called the protesters "rioters" who threaten the country's stability.

Read more on:    sudan  |  media  |  east africa  |  sudan protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

It may be hard to maintain a steady rhythm as you find yourself juggling a zillion things. Slow down a little and let go of more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.