Sudan detains journalist Faisal Mohamed Salih

 

 

 

A prominent Sudanese journalist Faisal Mohamed Salih who had been detained for expressing his support for anti-government protests has been freed on  January 5, 2019.

Faisal Mohamed Salih who is the winner of Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism in 2013 had been arrested on  January 3, from his office in Khartoum by agents of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).

He was questioned over his views about the protests that erupted across Sudan on December 19.

I told them that I supported the protesters as they were demonstrating peacefully, but I was not part of any group organising these protests,” Salih said.

 Sudanese authorities must release these journalists immediately and respect the public’s right to receive independent information and commentary at this critical time,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour. “Locking up journalists who express support for protests will not make the protests disappear.”

The officers wanted to know my views, and after a lot of chatting they released me at midnight,” Salih said a few hours after his release.

Sudan is currently ranked 174th  out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.

In the latest crackdown on dissent several journalists, activists and opposition leaders have been arrested by security agents trying to prevent the spread of protests.

Deadly anti-government rallies have rocked several cities including Khartoum since protests first broke out last month over a government decision to raise the price of bread.

Sudan’s economy has deteriorated over the years, with soaring inflation of 70 percent and regular bread and fuel shortages hitting several cities.

 

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