Sudan’s security suspends and confiscates pro-government daily newspapers

Sudan’s security suspends and confiscates pro-government daily newspapers

(Sudan Tribune) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) has suspended the pro-government Al-Intibaha and Al-Migher Al-siyasi daily newspapers saying that they addressed sensitive military issues without referring to official sources, as well as confiscating Saturday issue of Al-Mashhad Alaan daily. On its Friday issue, Al-intibaha daily carried a headline attributed to familiar sources saying that the presidency has entrusted major general, Kamal Abd Al-Marouf with the mission of liberating Abu-Kershola area in South kordofan state which has been captured by the rebels last month. Last week, The Sudanese National Council for Press and Publications circulated a directive notifying newspapers to refrain from addressing military and security issues unless information is provided by the army’s official spokesperson. NISS also suspended Al-Migher daily after publishing several articles written by Al-Hindi Izz Al-din in which he drew sharp criticism of the military policy and leadership as well as criticizing statements made by the National Congress Party (NCP) leading figure, Qutbi Al-Mahdi, declaring that NCP decided to re-nominate president Omer Al-Bashir in the 2015 presidential elections.

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Sudan Regrets Juba Statements as Kiir Reaffirms His Top Priority to Kenyan Pipeline

(All Africa) – Sudan’s foreign ministry regretted statements issued by South Sudanese officials claiming that oil flow was deliberately blocked for political reasons, while in Juba president Salva Kiir reaffirmed that an alternative pipeline through Kenya remains his top priority. Earlier this week South Sudanese official said that Khartoum blocked the oil flow after recent allegations that Juba continues its support to the rebel groups in Darfur and South Kordofan. President Kiir on Monday said they may be forced to shutdown oil production again if the Sudanese government “continues to use playing tactics and denials”. He was alluding to statements from Khartoum that there was a temporary cut off for technical reasons. The Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Rahmatallah Mohamed Osman on Thursday said that his government was surprised by the accusations launched by South Sudanese officials “even at the highest level”.

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Kerry denounces repression in Sudan as Karti announces US pressures on Juba and rebels

(SUNA) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday said Sudan represses people in its two southern states because they want a secular state. While Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti announced that Washington will discuss with Juba its relations with the rebels and bring the latter to the negotiating table. Kerry spoke about the Sudan at three times on Saturday. In statements to reporters on the sidelines of the AU meeting, he criticized Sudanese president Omer Al-Bashir for imposing the Islamic rule on the people of the South Kordofan and Blue Nile states. Following his meeting with Kerry, Sudanese minister Ali Karti from the Ethiopia capital told the state official news agency SUNA that U.S. government has expressed its commitment to exercise pressure to bring rebel movements to the negotiating table. Karti further stressed that John Kerry affirmed that there will be an open discussion with South Sudan to stop support for rebel groups.

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Sudan demanded Kiir to close business offices held by rebel groups

(Sudan Tribune) – Sudan dismissed on Thursday statements by president Salva Kiir saying that Khartoum had asked him to expel all the Sudanese traders working in Juba. On 17 May, Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti flaked by the director of intelligence and security services Mohamed Atta met president Kiir in Juba to hand him a message from his counterpart Omer Al-Bashir. On Monday, the South Sudanese president said Khartoum asked him to expel all the Sudanese traders working in Juba. He pointed out that there is no progress in the normalization process with Sudan, adding that the latter continues to hold Juba responsible of its internal conflicts. The Undersecretary of the Sudanese foreign ministry Rahmatallah Mohamed Osman on Thursday told foreign ambassadors in Khartoum that Karti asked only to close the business offices held by rebel groups in Juba.

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‘Sudan security kills peaceful protester’ in North Kordofan capital

(Radio Dabanga) – Members of the Sudanese security service “opened fire on peaceful protesters” in El Obeid, North Kordofan, killing one person and injuring at least ten others on Thursday, witnesses said. On the same day, “air raids killed two children” elsewhere in the state. Sources told Radio Dabanga civilians staged demonstrations against the presence of a military garrison inside the El Obeid neighborhood of Al Wahdah. They claim security forces stationed in that base often carry out abuses against the local residents.“We fear for our safety. Especially women are targeted,” they said. Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that a group of youngsters from the neighbourhood attempted on Thursday to lodge a complaint at the garrison. However, elements of the security services arrested the youngsters and refused to release them.

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