Sudan’s top court reverses al-Tayar newspaper closure amid continued crackdown on press

Sudan’s top court reverses newspaper closure amid continued crackdown on press

March 5, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Constitutional Court on Wednesday reversed an order by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) that shut down the privately-owned al-Tayar newspaper more than a year and a half ago. JPEG – 40 kb Sudanese journalists hold slogans which reads in Arabic ’Press freedom or no press’ as they protest against the suspension of AL-Tayyar daily newspaper at Sudanese Journalists Union’s office in the capital Khartoum on July 17, 2012 (GETTY) Al-Tayar was suspended for its coverage of a corruption case at the Cotton Company which is still being tried in court.

The editor in chief of the daily, Osman Mirghani said that the court’s decision was issued unanimously by the seven judges on the bench and described it as a “triumph for justice” and a “bright spot” for the Sudanese judiciary.

In a related issue, the NISS seized Wednesday edition of the Citizen, al-Hurra and Elaph. Yesterday it did the same thing to al-Sudani, Akhir-Lahza and al-Hurra.

Last month, it also confiscated three newspapers that included al-Ahram al-Youm, al-Watan and Akhir-Lahza dailies.

At the time an NISS source accused these newspapers of committing “numerous breaches” including their coverage of recent developments regarding the dispute with […]

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