Sudan journalists oppose oppressive draft media law

Ms Shamail Alnour. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Dozens of Sudanese journalists Wednesday demonstrated against the media law proposed by the council of ministers.

The journalists gathered at the headquarters of the Sudanese Press and Publication Council, waving banners and chanting for the “freedom of expression”.

The council of ministers is currently discussing a draft media law, which contains wide amendments to the 2009 version.

The new law contains wide restrictions against journalists, especially the online and social media groups.

Suspend publications

It also gives immense powers to the security organs to suspend publications for 15 days, as well as banning the writers from publishing their works.

The Sudanese Journalists Network (SJN) warned that the members would continue protesting until the law was discarded.

“We will not give up. We will continue lobbying against the oppressive law,” said a statement by SJN.

The journalists further called for the adoption of the Charter of Honour, already agreed between the Sudanese journalists to regulate the media.

A journalist with the Altayar newspaper, Ms Shamaii Alnour, was arrested during the protests, but was released hours later.

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Last February, Ms Alnour was accused of apostasy over a column she wrote about the use of the condom and the concept of the faithful in Islam.

Sudan ranks among the bottom 10 countries on the media freedom, according to the international index of the Reporters Without Borders (RWB).

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