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Seventy Journalists Arrested At Demonstration Against Government Censorship
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Seventy Journalists Arrested At Demonstration Against Government Censorship

International Federation of Journalists (Brussels)


PRESS RELEASE
18 November 2008
Posted to the web 19 November 2008

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the arrest and detention of about 70 journalists on Monday, as they were demonstrating against the censorship practice and tactics employed by the Sudanese government.

"We consider the arrest of the journalists on Monday by the Sudanese authorities as an act of intimidation aimed at preventing the media from reporting the truth in Sudan," said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa office. "The Sudanese government must respect the rights of journalists and their independence. Censorship is not acceptable in modern journalism and the media in Sudan must be allowed to exercise its duties without any form of interference."

The IFJ urges the Sudanese Government to respect the right to press freedom and freedom of expression, and to create an environment which enables journalists to operate according to internationally recognized standards of journalism.


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