Sudan security seizes 'paper - editor

2015-04-18 17:56

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Khartoum - Sudanese security agents seized the entire Saturday edition of a newspaper over an article about an activist who was detained in the run-up to the country's general elections, its editor-in-chief, Muzamil Abu al-Gasim said.

The national intelligence and security service took the entire run of the independent daily Al-Youm al-Tali from the printers.

Abu al-Gasim said the officers told him the edition was confiscated because of an article he published the previous day about Sandra Kaduda, an activist who was held for three days.

Denied knowledge

Kaduda was driving to an opposition rally against the elections in the city of Omdurman on Sunday, the day before the polls started.

The activist's family said the security service had denied knowledge of her whereabouts but they accused its agents of detaining her.

Kaduda was released on Wednesday and "found in very poor health and with signs of ill treatment," Amnesty International said.

The article in Al-Youm al-Tali had called for "the disclosure of the group that kidnapped the activist Sandra," Abu al-Gasim said.

The independent daily's latest confiscation came after polling ended across most of the country in four-day general elections President Omar al-Bashir is widely expected to win.

Entire print run

Rights groups had accused his government of stifling media and civil society in the run-up to the vote.

Abu al-Gasim said that the security services had suspended his newspaper's publication for 21 days last year without giving a reason.

The security service agents seized the entire print runs of 14 dailies on 16 February, one of the widest crackdowns on the media in recent years.

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