Report: Sudan confiscates entire newspaper edition

By REUTERS
August 7, 2011 17:40

 
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KHARTOUM - Sudanese security forces have confiscated the entire edition of an independent newspaper in the capital Khartoum, its editor said on Sunday, the latest sign of a media crackdown.

Sudan's constitution guarantees press freedom but journalists often complain of pressure or censorship. Last month, two female journalists were jailed for writing about an alleged rape case.

"Security forces have confiscated all copies on Saturday after we printed them," said Adil al-Baz, editor and owner of al-Ahdath newspaper, adding the newspaper had not been given a reason for the confiscation.

The newspaper had planned to run an interview with a senior official of the northern branch of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), the ruling party in newly-independent South Sudan. It has also reported about corruption and terrorism issues.

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