On Monday, police arrested Lucia John Abui, a journalist for the Khartoum-based Al-Shuruq satellite channel, journalist Rashan Oushi from the independent daily Al-Tayar, a three-member crew from the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya news channel, and seven journalists from the opposition daily Sawt al-Umma. According to local news reports and human rights activists all the journalists were released within a few hours of their detention.
The journalists had gone to cover clashes in the city of
Three of the journalists from Sawt al-Umma returned to the newspaper’s offices where police detained them along with four colleagues who had not attended the demonstration. They were taken to a police station, and allegedly subjected to beatings, humiliation, and threats. “I asked a police officer what charges we were being held under and all I got for a response was a beating by two officers,” Mohamed Ali Fazari told CPJ. “One of our colleagues was also threatened with rape,” he added. None of the journalists required medical treatment.
Similar protests took place on December 7 in
“For the second time recently, Sudanese authorities not only
violently dispersed journalists but even followed them into their newsroom and
arrested them in an attempt to intimidate them,” said CPJ’s
On December 7, Police arrested journalists Boutrous Yaaqub amd Qamar Darman from the opposition daily Ajras al-Huriya, Atim Simon from the opposition daily Al-Akhbar, Hanady Othman from daily Al Ra`i al-Aam, Darat Gambo from daily al-Ahdath and two television crews and confiscated all their material. “We were standing outside the police station covering the events,” Hanady Othman told CPJ. “Suddenly the police started beating us all, and they took us inside the station, where they beat us again.”