HUDO: Hafiz Osman Summoned by NISS in Roseires – Sudan

(18 February 2019) On 11 February 2019, NISS in Roseires summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman, interrogated him about the phrase/slogan written on walls and released him after. 

On 11 February 2019, National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Roseires Town of Blue Nile State summoned Mr. Hafiz Osman Siid-Ahmed to their office. Mr. Hafiz was questioned for five hours about the fact that the phrase “just topple the regime” was written on many houses in his neighborhood.

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. 

SDFG:”Towards a Sudanese Humanitarian Vision on Violent Extremism”

(April 2018) Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) is pleased to announce the launch of its new initiative, the Sudanese Initiative for Countering Violent Extremism (SICVE), which seeks to formulate a general strategy, based on a humanitarian vision, that address the phenomenon of violent extremism through research, studies, conferences and consultations with and among specialists in the field. This initiative is the result of numerous consultations and in-depth discussions among members of the Board of Trustees (BoT), the Executive Team and experts and researchers in this field. These discussions concluded that the phenomenon of violent extremism is one of the most important challenges facing Sudan, the region and the whole world. The discussion also realized that the efforts to confront this challenge in Sudan, the region and the world, have focused primarily on security, intelligence and military force entry points, in addition to some intellectual efforts that lack systematic, strategic linkages and trajectory. For all these reasons, SDFG launched the “Sudanese Initiative for Countering Violent Extremism”, with the objective to conduct a gap analysis and thorough researches and studies on the phenomenon, in hope to eventually present strategies with alternative narratives, to counter violent terrorism

ACJPS: Six newspapers prevented from distribution and a media house faces a two-day suspension

(30 November 2017) The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies has documented five incidents of post-press censorship carried out by officials of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) against six media houses in the month of November. ACJPS has also documented a two-day suspension that was imposed on Algareeda newspaper by the Press and Publications Council follwoing the publication of an article that hinted to a sexual harassment claim against a Sudanese diplomat.