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Sudan seizes print run of independent daily: editor

February 17, 2015

Sudan’s security agency seized the print run of an independent daily on Tuesday, its editor told AFP, the day after confiscating nearly all the country’s titles without giving an explanation.

National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) agents seized all copies of Al-Tayar from the printer in the early hours, editor Osman Mirghani said.

“After all copies of the newspaper had been printed, members of the security and intelligence apparatus arrived and seized the print run without giving any reasons.”

Al-Tayar was one of 14 titles seized by NISS on Monday, one of the most sweeping crackdowns on the Sudanese press in recent years.

Sudan regularly ranks towards the bottom of international press freedom indexes.

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