Sunday, May 24, 2009

STOP Censorship: Sudan Government tries to issue law on journalism


The Sudanese Government started a move last week to issue a law on journalist to require them to register themselves with the government media regulator so that the government would monitor them if they misuse there power as journalist. if this law was to be passed it would grant the government the power to deny licenses and invoke strong regulation as to what journalist can write.this news was broadcasted last week on Sudan national tv after the law was being discussed in the national congress hall in Sudan.

Article on the Law from All Africa

The Sudanese press has been subject to restrictions since the National Islamic Front gained power in 1989, with officials arguing that censorship was necessary for national security.

However, controls were tightened after February 2008, when some journalists accused Khartoum of supporting Chadian rebels that attacked the Chad capital, Ndjamena.

a government that dose not accepts criticism from it own citizen is a government that should not exist.

one of the news commentator on Sudan tv stated that a journalist time shouldn't be commuting from court to court but to write news that interest the people. this gives you a inside view as to what happens to some journalist who step on the red line.

In November, more than 70 Sudanese journalists protested against these curbs imposed by the country’s security service. Police detained 63 protesters, releasing them the same day. In response, 11 Khartoum newspapers suspended publication for 24 hours.

There is still people inside of sudan fighting this new law but they also have limits to what they can do

Parliamentary member Farouk Abu-Issa, head of the National Democratic Alliance,
who calls the bill “unjust, repressive and vague”, says that he and other independent deputies presented a “good democratic draft of [a] press law”, but this was ignored by parliament.

After all this new law should be rethought about and reconsider because of it power to Censorship journalist and there right to state there opinion and thought. this law is coming in a time which Sudan need journalist who speak the truth and state what is right without any strict regulation. Sudan is entering a new phase in the peace process and that phase is the election phase and the need for journalist stating news without restriction is crucial.please feel free to shear you thoughts and correction on this article or this issue. if you have any suggestion as to what we can do to protect there right and our right feel free to comment

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At May 24, 2009 at 11:52 AM , Blogger Lirun said...

u make some solid points - honesty and truth are inseparable from genuine and lasting peace - people are often more connected to truth than they even are justice because at least truth honours thepeople with the right to make a decision or a compromise or an assessment at the very least..

At May 24, 2009 at 1:22 PM , Blogger SudanGuardian said...

first of all i would like to thank you lirun for your comment. yes truth is more solid base, that why i believe truth should not be restricted by regulation or laws. journalist should have the right to state there opinion because after all there opinion would represent part of the community they live in. thanks for your comments on the blog :)

At May 25, 2009 at 6:28 AM , Blogger BRE said...

I am not surprised that the GoS would begin to tighten restrictions on all journalists working in Sudan, but I am a bit surprised that Sudanese Vice-President Salva Kir is supporting this law. As long as the present regime in Khartoum remains in power press freedom and freedom of speech will be repressed more and more.

The next step may be to expel all (but a select few) foreign journalists and news crews before the 2010 elections. The Government of Sudan is already well known to arrest, imprison, and expel foreign correspondents it doesn't like (ref: the arrest of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek from the Chicago Tribune back in 2006).

Thank you for leaving the comment at 'Jewels in the Jungle' and welcome to blogosphere.

At May 25, 2009 at 6:57 AM , Blogger SudanGuardian said...

I was also surprised but after all politics sometime is a dirty game. but I still believe that there is hope in stopping this law from being established by showing the world that this is happening and supporting journalist inside Sudan to keep standing up for there right. It is good that the National Democratic Alliance is against the move inside Sudan and I support there move. Thank you BRE for you comment and nice to see you here

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