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Sudan: Banned paper defies government

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Text of report by Sudanese independent Al-Mashahir (Almshaheer) website on 23 August

Security authorities yesterday confiscated copies of the Al-Ra'i al-Sha'b newspaper affiliated to the opposition Popular Congress led by Hassan al Turabi without giving any explanation.

Editor in chief Yasin Umar al-Imam said the government was still targeting his and other opposition papers.

He said the reason for its confiscation was due to a report published by the paper on Monday [20 August]. He regarded this action as a campaign against civil liberties in the country, pointing out that it was a breach of the constitution, law and international instruments.

For his part, member of the Popular Congress Kamal Umar said his party would strive to set up a wide front to safeguard liberties and stand against the government malpractices, and will take legal action against it.

Source: Al-Mashahir (Almshaheer) website, Khartoum, in Arabic 23 Aug 07


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