Sudan bans edition of independent newspaper, editor says

January 29, 2012 14:56

KHARTOUM - Sudan's security forces prevented an independent newspaper from publishing on Sunday, the first day it had planned to resume work after a four-month ban, its editor said.

Sudan's constitution guarantees press freedom but journalists have complained of increasing pressure from authorities since South Sudan became independent in July.

Security agents came after midnight to the office of the daily al-Jarida to confiscate the entire Sunday edition, editor Osman Shinger said.

"We will protest against this. They didn't give us any reason," he said.

Sunday was the first day the newspaper had planned to resume publication after winning approval from the National Press Council after its closure in September by security agents, he said.

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