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Security forces in Sudan continue attacking journalists

The coup authorities in Sudan renewed targeting the country’s press and media by attacking journalists again during Thursday’s processions, “the January 13 million,” in a scenario that was repeated during the recent protests.

AlTaghyeer: Fateh al-Rahman Hamouda

The coup security forces in Sudan have been accused of attacking three Sudanese journalists while they were covering the mass demonstrations on Thursday in the capital, Khartoum.

The Sudanese Journalists Network condemned the continuous attacks carried out by the coup security authorities against journalists and media institutions during their coverage of mass demonstrations.

She emphasized that the coup forces, with criminal behavior that contravened international conventions to protect journalists, attacked journalists Shamael al-Nour, Othman Fadlallah, and Bakri Khalifa.

She said that the journalists, Othman Fadlallah and Bakri Khalifa, had miraculously escaped death by being run over by the troop carriers near al-Qurashi Park in Khartoum, while the two were covering the revolutionary movement.

The network noted that the security forces stormed the office of Al-Araby channel in Khartoum and “took away correspondents Islam Saleh, Wael Muhammad Al-Hassan, and cameraman Mazen Onur to an unknown destination.”

Since the Sudanese army chief’s coup d’etat against the civilian authority on October 25th, the press and media in Sudan have been facing systematic targeting and continuous violations in an unprecedented manner as of late.

On the December 19th mass demonstrations of 2021, many journalists were subjected to harassment, beatings, and abuse by the coup authorities during their coverage of the processions in front of the presidential palace in Khartoum.

Many journalists were injured, and there were verbal attacks and harassment of Lina Yaqoub –Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondent in Khartoum– while she was covering the events.

On December 31st, the Sudanese security forces stormed the offices of al-Arabiya, al-Hadath, and Al-Sharq news channels, assaulting the channel’s staff, journalists, and workers, as well as destroying technical broadcasting equipment, as well as firing tear gas inside the offices.

Security forces also detained Al-Sharq TV correspondents Maha al-Talb and Sally Othman for hours before eventually releasing.

Following widespread condemnation of the abuse of journalists, the leader of the coup, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, sent a delegation to the offices of Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath channels to apologize.

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