Sudan promises wider media access

2012-08-13 09:46

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

kalahari.com

Khartoum - Top Sudanese officials on Monday promised journalists access to the war-ravaged states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile but said some media restrictions are necessary for the country's security.

Access for reporters, diplomats and aid workers has been tightly controlled since a rebellion by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) began in South Kordofan in June last year, followed by Blue Nile in September.

In the country's far-west Darfur region, where violence continues nine years after rebels took up arms, journalists require special permits to visit but these are rarely issued.

"We are keen to organise the trip for you to South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur," Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef said at a meeting with foreign journalists.

The reporters, who need permission for travel outside the capital Khartoum, complained of a lack of access and also said they faced difficulties covering anti-regime protests that began in mid-June.

Journalists, including foreigners, were among those detained during the Arab Spring-style protests. Armed national security agents raided the AFP office, forcing a correspondent to delete photos of a demonstration.

"I am committed to give you full access to get information about any issue," Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman told the same meeting.

"We are ready to facilitate your access to Blue Nile and South Kordofan."

Rights groups

The vice-president said journalists are not allowed to photograph "illegal" demonstrations.

He said the media is a "weapon" and the government cannot allow it to serve the interests of those who would destroy the state.

"Any state has rules for its security," Youssef said.

Western governments and rights groups have raised concerns over the government's clampdown on demonstrators and journalists.

The UN warned for months about a worsening humanitarian situation in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile war zone, but Khartoum cited security concerns in tightly restricting the operations of foreign aid agencies.

Last week, however, Sudan signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN, African Union and Arab League to allow for humanitarian access throughout South Kordofan and Blue Nile - including in rebel-held areas.

The SPLM-N rebels signed a similar memorandum.

The UN expressed hope that the aid deal will lead to much wider access.

Read more on:    un  |  au  |  sudan  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 19:35 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive
    ROADWORKS - traffic restrictions between the R300 and Highlands Drive - expect delays
  • Tuesday Belhar - 17:58 PM
    Road name: Belhar Drive
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Alabama Drive
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Apple iPad 3 Black 64GB 9.7" Tablet With WiFi & 4G

Retina Display Finally the incredible Retina display technology from the iPhone...

From R7999.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.