The Arab Media Network for Crisis condemns the continued confiscation of newspapers and the arrest and summoning of journalists

(30 August 2018) The Sudanese authorities seized two newspapers, the “Al-Jarida and Shaiha Newspapers” after printing on Wednesday, August 29, 2018. As usual, the confiscation was done without any clear reasons being given and as a “punishment” after publication. Newspapers were confiscated more than ten times in August. 

South Kordofan Blue Nile: Coordination Unit Humanitarian Update, August 2018

(August 2018) Like elsewhere in Sudan (IFRC, 13 Aug 2018, FEWSNET, 31 Aug 2018), heavy and erratic rains have affected the planting season (June – August) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. The rains were also followed by a dry-spell and pest infestation (birds and insects). This, in combination with seed shortages, have affected the early growing season and it is already having serious consequences on the growing season of long-term sorghum in both areas. Based on this current situation, poor crop production is expected this year. Long maturity type sorghum which is commonly planted has failed in most of the areas. Previously, communities in Blue Nile relied on quick maturing sorghum planted in September and October for the main lean season but with no seeds available and exhaustion of the early maize and sorghum crop, the lean season of 2019 is likely to be early and food insecurity situation worse next year. 

Situation of Female Human Rights Defenders in Sudan: June 2016 – February 2018

(6 August 2018) Women have been pioneers throughout Sudanese social and political history. Tireless campaigns by female activists have helped women achieve their deserved recognition and go on to defend the human rights of others. At the turn of the twentieth century, Babikir Badri campaigned for women’s right to education and triumphed, laying the foundation for all subsequent activities by women in Sudanese public life. In 1946 and 1947, the Sudanese Women’s League and the Educated Girls Association were founded with the mission of using this education to improve women’s economic and social status; together, these two organisations evolved in 1952 into the influential and still-active Sudanese Women’s Union. 

Harassment, threats and revocation of press licence against journalist Ahmed Abakar

(5 August 2018) On July 26, 2018, Alkarama, along with the Arab Media Crisis Network and the Arab Coalition for Sudan – ACS , requested the intervention of several UN experts in the case of Ahmed Abakar, a journalist who has been harassed, threatened and banned from working by the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS ). On May 5, and June 7, 2018, Abakar was summoned by the NISS and interrogated about two articles he wrote for the London-based newspaper Sharq Al Awsat , which focused on political divisions within the ruling party and the NISS’s seizure of a newspaper issue . On June 14, 2018, the NISS requested that the External Information Council of the Ministry of Information revoke Abakar’s press licence and press card, and banned him from working as a journalist and writer in the country. During and prior to these events, the NISS repeatedly threatened Abakar with being arrested, and told him that he would no longer be able to work as a journalist. 

Arab Media Crisis Network condemns the restriction of Sudanese journalists from entering parliament

(2 August 2018) The freedom of opinion and expression in the Sudan is facing a terrible deterioration , which is considered as the worst in the Arab world, a normal result of the vicious attack and the organized campaign followed by the Sudanese authorities targeting newspapers and journalists, beyound the limits of the Sudanese law and constitution, and the comittements of the Government of Sudan to human rights standards and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights it endoresed and ratified it.