Cairo, May 19 2012
ANHRI denounces the confiscation of Akhir Lahza, an independent Sudanese Newspaper, immediately following print directly in a sheer violation of the already deteriorating freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the press in Sudan.
Security authorities seized the newspaper after it had publishing remarks by the governor of the state of Sennar about education on the pretext that these remarks incites racism.
“The confiscation of the newspaper comes in the context of the ongoing deterioration of freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Sudan. Newspapers have been systematically confiscated, closed, and censored. Writers and opinion makers have also been facing intimidation and arbitrary detention. Banning journalists from exercising their profession and suspending newspapers contradict freedom of opinion and freedom of the press as stipulated in international conventions,” said ANHRI.
“Freedom of opinion and expression in Sudan has become a mere illusion, as the country is trying hard to run counter to the trend in the aftermath of the Arab Spring that calls for Freedom,” added ANHRI.
ANHRI calls on the Sudanese authorities to stop curbing the press and journalists, and to reconsider its radical approach against freedom of opinion and expression that violates international norms and humanitarian conventions.
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