CAIRO: Sudanese opposition figures condemned Monday the arrest of Al-Hayat newspaper correspondent Al-Nour Ahmed Al-Nour, and the detention of a number of other journalists in the past few days.
The Arab Coalition for Sudan (ACS) and the Arab Network for Media Crises (ANMC) issued Monday a joint statement condemning Nour’s arrest on charges of publishing a story alleging that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir issued a decree to merge electric companies.
Nour was detained Friday, according to a statement from the General Union of Sudanese Journalists.
“Regardless of the validity of the news or not, the judgment in similar cases does not fall under the purview of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), as it is not the affected party by the publication of such news… the aggrieved should resort to the judiciary system, not to mention that procedure by NISS is a blatant violation of Sudan’s constitution,” the union stated.
The union called for the immediate release of Nour, stating he was forced to leave his job as Editor-in-Chief of the Alsahafa newspaper, which was told to fire Nour or it would be forced to close.
Nour’s family submitted a complaint to the Parliament media committee to know where he has been detained, Alrakoba newspaper quoted from the committee chairperson Afaf Tawar Monday.
Five of Nour’s colleagues from Al-Tagheer newspaper were barred by security forces to cover the General Conference of the ruling National Congress Party in Khartoum that was held on Sunday, the Arab Coalition for Sudan stated Monday, adding that they were released after several hours of being detained.