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Sudan security agents seize newspaper run by Bashir’s uncle

October 28, 2014

Sudanese security agents seized the Tuesday edition of a newspaper published by an uncle of President Omar al-Bashir, after having already given permission for it to be printed, the editor-in-chief said.

The seizure came just a day after daily Al-Saiha resumed publication after a three-month ban.

Youssef al-Tai said the confiscation of the entire press run of 30,000 copies took place without any reason being given.

“After we sent the newspaper to the printer, a security officer came to the presses and read all the pages of the newspaper and then he gave the okay to the publisher,” Tai told AFP.

Tai said that after the print run was finished, security agents confiscated the newspapers.

Al-Saiha, run by Bashir’s uncle Al-Tayeb Mustafa, published its first edition Monday since being banned in July for publishing a comment critical of the president’s national dialogue.

Those talks are aimed at finding a solution to Sudan’s multiple crises, but the arrest of political figures and press censorship have raised questions about the government’s commitment to reform.

Sudan ranked near the bottom, at 172 out of 180, in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index.

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.