The Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) rejects security interventions in the press and attempts to terrorize journalists
The Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) is following with great concern the terrible decline in the level of public freedoms, freedom of opinion, expression and press publication, and the practices of the security apparatus to confiscate newspapers, prosecute journalists, summon them repeatedly and prevent them from dealing with some cases, which is unacceptable and contrary to the Constitution and the human rights instruments. Signed by the Sudanese authorities without committing to their application.
On 17-18 June 2017, the Sudanese authorities confiscated the printed copies of Saturday and Sunday from the last minute newspaper to punish them retroactively against the backdrop of the column of opinion writer Abdullah Al-Sheikh directed to the Vice President and Prime Minister. Which have been consistently practiced by the security authorities to inflict financial losses on newspapers.
During the last period, the editor of the Baath newspaper, Mohammed Dada, was subjected to repeated summons by the security authorities to inform him of crossing the red lines and handing over a list of taboos for not being exposed to and writing about them, for example the army and its movements at home and abroad, criticizing the president and his deputies and assistants , Corruption without evidence, epidemics, criticizing friendly countries, not publishing and trading the news of armed movements, holding interviews with the leaders of the armed movements, all against the background of the publication of an interview with the President of the Justice and Equality Movement d. Jibril Ibrahim.
Earlier this month, the security service summoned Nader Atta, a sports journalist, for an op-ed piece dealing with the failure of state agencies to deal with corruption in sports and focusing on conflicts in the Sudanese Football Association.
In another direction, the management of the Sudanese channel 24 stopped the media director Mohamed Fathi Moghaddam Midnight Program, from working in the channel since Wednesday, 2017/6/9, and Al-Change newspaper online 13/6/2017, that the management of the channel had asked Fathi change its appearance “Shaving his hair” or stopping the broadcast of the program, and refused to comply with the decision and left the channel in a final. This arbitrary decision interferes with personal freedom, which is strange and flawed in all procedural respects, Fathi has been offering his program since the launch of the channel broadcast what’s new even These restrictions are exercised.
Fathi was famous for his program on YouTube, which was called “O Brotherhood” and achieved a wide spread and was directed criticism of the Sudanese authorities, and then move to work as a broadcaster on the screen Sudanese 24.
For all of the above, The Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) regrets the press’s narrowing, strongly condemns these violations and attempts to silence the mouths, and terrorize journalists and opinion writers and prevent them from publishing facts and information to the public opinion.
The Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) affirms that these violations are in stark contrast to the outcome of the dialogue that the Sudanese authorities have been engaged in for more than two years and committed themselves to implementing its decisions. However, the continuation of the security apparatus in the practice of repression and its blatant interference in the press represents a reaction to the freedoms enshrined in the outcome of the last dialogue.
The Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) calls on defenders of public freedoms and human rights, journalists and lawyers to strongly address these violations andم protect public freedoms, freedom of opinion, expression and press publication.