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Pre-publication censorship returns in Sudan

The following is a CPJ blog post by Abdelgadir Mohammed Abdelgadir/CPJ Guest Blogger

In a return to old tactics, the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) in Sudan have resumed strict pre-publication censorship.

Last year, I wrote on the CPJ blog that the NISS had adopted a new censorship strategy by attempting to bankrupt newspapers through repeated confiscations printed editions. Each confiscation could cost a newspaper up to $5,000 in printing costs, even without factoring in other operational expenses.

But now, the NISS has returned to its former strategy of censoring stories before they are ever printed. Over the past few months, NISS agents have telephoned editorial staffs of newspapers and asked them not to report on specific topics, such as war, government violations in Darfur, the International Criminal Court, and human rights violations.

Read the full story on CPJ's website.

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