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22 Jan 2019
10:21 am

Sudan withdraws work permits from foreign journalists

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The Sudanese minister of information accused some satellite TV channels of fabricating unrealistic scenes about the protests in the country.

Sudanese demonstrators gather in Khartoum's twin city Omdurman on January 20, 2019, where Sudanese police fired tear gas at protesters ahead of a planned march on parliament. - Demonstrators chanting "freedom, peace and justice" began gathering in some areas of Omdurman but were quickly confronted by riot police with tear gas, the witnesses said. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Unhappy with the coverage of the ongoing protests, Sudanese authorities have withdrawn the work permits of foreign journalists working for the Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya TV satellite channels in the capital Khartoum, as well as the correspondents of the Turkish Anadolu news agency.

Security officials said that the work of those correspondents was subject to an evaluation by “competent authorities”, which ended with the withdrawal of their work permits, the Sudan Tribune reported.

In late December, a journalist working for the London-based Alaraby TV network was ordered to leave the country within 24 hours following dissatisfaction over his coverage of the protests, which erupted on December 19 and have subsequently spread to many parts of the country.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese minister of information accused some satellite TV channels of fabricating unrealistic scenes about the protests in the country and promised to take decisive action.

“The malicious satellite channels seeking to provoke sedition are under surveillance,” Bushara Guma’a Aro warned, a notice that was aired by a number of media outlets.

Sudanese journalists have also been harassed by security agents while covering the protests. Some have had their equipment confiscated and their pictures deleted. Others have been assaulted and arrested.

–  African News Agency (ANA)

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