The Sudanese Journalists Union on Monday issued a statement rejecting confiscation of ten newspapers on Monday and the impact this has on the freedom of the press, describing the measure as regrettable.
Here under translation of the text of the statement:
The journalists in the Sudan have been taken by surprise, Monday morning, by the confiscation of ten daily newspapers ( namely al Khartoum, Akhir Lahza, al jareeda, al raie al aam, al intibaha, al Tayaar, al youm al tali, alwan, al sudani and al Akhbar) while four others (namely Al Intibaha, Akhir Lahza, Al Khartoum and Al Jareeda) were suspended in a very sorry development that brings to the mind the February incident in which 14 daily newspapers were confiscated in one day (February the 16th 2015).
The journalists Union, while rejecting these measures, points out to the negative impact this has on the press freedom in the Sudan, and in blowing up all efforts that the union has been exerting internally and externally to improve the image of the Sudan in the press freedom record in the world.
The Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) would like to point out that what happened violates the press law for the year 2009 and all relevant international charters and regulations that rule the press freedom.
The Union would like to draw the attention to the fact that the suspension of four newspapers would eclipse the role of these enlightenment houses and their role in monitoring, and furthermore renders a huge number of journalists and other workers in these papers jobless, therefore the Union calls for halting all measures on the suspension of the newspapers and call for resorting to the courts of law.
Under the conditions our country and the whole region around us are witnessing, the journalists union calls on leaders of the newspapers and the journalists' community at large, to commit to responsible (reporting) so as to safeguard our social security.
The Union would like to announce to its membership that its executive office will remain in continued session and will raise the matter to the presidency of the Republic, Ministry of Information, National Council for Press and Publication and the National Intelligence and security Service (NISS), with the view to review what has happened and to put an end to these extraordinary measures.