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Sudan lift bans on four newspapers: union

June 12, 2015

Authorities in Sudan have lifted their ban on four newspapers nearly three weeks after their licences were suspended, the head of the journalists’ union said Friday, apparently over a story about child abuse.

The licences of the Al-Intibaha, Al-Khartoum, Al-Jarida and Akhir Lahza dailies were suspended on May 25 by the National Intelligence and Security Service.”

NISS agents seized their whole print runs for that day, as well as all copies of six other newspapers, apparently in connection with a story about the alleged abuse of young children on school buses.

“After a meeting held yesterday between the union, the press council and the editors, the newspapers were told to resume printing as of Sunday,” Alsadig Alrizagi told AFP by telephone.

No conditions were given for the resumption of printing, said Rizeigi, who is also chief editor of Al-Intibaha.

Journalists in Sudan complain of harassment, and the country regularly ranks near the bottom of world press freedom indexes.

NISS agents frequently seize the entire print runs of newspapers over articles they deem inappropriate but it is rare for so many to be seized at once.

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