Title: The coming period will witness more freedoms: Sudan’s Information Minister
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 06-08-2015, 04:49 PM
04:49 PM Jun, 08 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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Sudan’s Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, has announced that the coming period will witness expanding of press freedoms, pointing out that the Press and Publications Law will forward to the National Council for its endorsement.
In press statements on Sunday, the minister said the next few days will witness the lifting of suspension on the four newspapers that has been suspended during the last period, indicating that the current year will see progress of the media.
NISS confiscated the print-runs of 10 daily newspapers on 25 May against what the International Press Institute (IPI) calls “the backdrop of an ongoing brutal security campaign against the freedoms of speech and the press”.
NISS also suspended the publication of four of the newspapers - Al-Intibaha, AkhirLahzah, Al-Jareeda and Al-Khartoum - indefinitely. The other six were Al-Sudani, Al-Akhbar, Alwan, Al-Youm al-Tali, Al-Rai Ala’am and Al-Tayyar.
The mass confiscation repeated a similar action by the NISS on 16 February when the print runs of 14 daily papers were seized.
IPI, the global press freedom organization, argues that the two confiscations stand out as the most egregious press freedom violations in Sudan’s modern history.
It says that NISS exercises rigorous censorship on newspapers and other media outlets by sending messages to editors instructing them not to discuss issues it deems to be beyond “red-lines” related to “national security”.
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