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July 04 2011

20:19

Sudan targets and tortures journalists to prevent reporting

Guardian :: The Sudan government is using an array of underhand legal methods to detain journalists and to halt the publication of independent newspapers. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, New York, the Sudanese authorities "aggressively" target individual journalists and publications through "contrived legal proceedings, politicised criminal charges, and confiscations," as in the case of Abu Zir al-Amin, the deputy editor of the suspended opposition daily Rai al-Shaab who was due for release after serving a prison sentence since May 2010. It is alleged that Al-Amin was tortured during his imprisonment. A picture of him showing evidence of torture was leaked and appeared on several online outlets.

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