Sudan: Military Council Shut Down Al Jazeera Operations, Ban its Reporters


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Authorities in Sudan have shut down the bureau for Al Jazeera in Khartoum, the news organization reported on Friday.

The decision was taken by the military council. Sudan has been under the military transitional rule since former president, Omar al-Bashir was deposed a month ago.

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“Security officers informed Al Jazeera of the military council’s decision to close the network’s office in Khartoum, ” Al Jazeera reported on Friday.

The news organization also says the decision also included the withdrawal of the work permits for the correspondents and staff of the Qatar-based network with immediate effect.

Al Jazeera has issued a statement terming the closure as “a complete violation of the freedom of the press”.

“The network sees this as an attack on media freedom, professional journalism, and the basic tenets of the right for people to know and understand the reality of what is happening in Sudan,” the statement said.

Al Jazeera has called for the immediate resumption of operations of its Khartoum bureau.

The news organization says it would continue its coverage of Sudan “despite this political interference by the Sudanese authorities”.

Meanwhile, the same military leadership has said legal action would be taken against what it called “unruly elements” at the encampment outside the defence ministry, where protesters have been staging a sit-in for weeks.

“The protest site has become unsafe and represents a danger to the revolution and the revolutionaries and threatens the coherence of the state and its national security,” General Bahar Ahmed Bahar, head of the central region in Khartoum, said in a statement.

 

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