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Sudan: ACJPS Documents Harassment and Censorship of Journalists in Sudan | #socialmedia | #hacking | #aihp

Khartoum — “Sudanese authorities continue to harass and make it difficult for journalists to do their work in Sudan,” according to African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) in a statement yesterday, which also celebrated the Sudanese Journalists Association (SJA) electing 40 new members last month.

ACJPS has documented several incidents where Sudanese authorities have interfered with the exercise of media freedom and free expression this month, including attacking or judicially harassing journalists whilst they are working.

In one such incident, on September 13, police forces distracted two Sudanese journalists from covering the in Khartoum. Hussein Hennery “was obstructed using a tear gas canister that was thrown at him while he was covering the rally,” forcing him to leave the area. Amira Saleh “was held by police in Khartoum with batons. She was later released on the same day after the rally had ended and no charges were placed against her.”

Ibrahim Nugdallah, a professional photographer, was charged with Public Noise and disturbance of Public Peace and photography of Military areas under articles 77, 69 and 57 Sudanese Penal Act, 1991. His case “was dismissed on September 12 because of an absence of complaints.” The court ordered that the officers return Nugdallah’s cameras that were confiscated during his arrest.

ACJPS also documented the judicial harassment of Seifeldin Adam Ahmed “who was detained, tortured and charged with defamation over a social media post” on September 10. In addition, Radio FM 100 broadcast in Khartoum banned Aayah El Sabag from her radio show for seven days for hosting three members of the SJA on September 7.