The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounced the escalating restrictive policy of the Sudanese government on all media. Shortly after barring the BBC Arabic radio channel , the Sudanese government decided a few days ago to bar Monte Carlo Arabic channel airing from Paris. There were no declared reasons for such a decision.
Administration of Monte Carlo Radio submitted a request for license renewal to air on Fm 93 to the ministry of information in Sudan. The Sudanese government declined on license renewal alleging that laws and regulation will not permit it. The same trivial reasoning was declared upon barring the BBC.
The Arabic Network said, ” Despite the declaration of the Sudanese government that barring both channels neither has political backgrounds nor has to do with the line of the channels , yet this decision being taken at this moment against two of the most popular channels operating in the Arabic region for such a long time leaves us with only one interpretation that is the Sudanese government intends to silence all media outlets that do not comply with their policy before the forthcoming referendum on separation”.
The Arabic Network is deeply disturbed at the poor status of freedom of expression in Sudan. The circle of oppression is not only tightening on Sudanese opposition papers and media , but is choking independent and international media as well. No one knows where the trials of the Sudanese government to uproot freedom of expression will lead to.