Sudanese journalists jailed for exposing presidential graft

gavelFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SUDANESE authorities have been urged to release a newspaper editor and reporter jailed for publishing articles accusing President Omar al-Bashir and his family of corruption.
Osman Mirgani has been jailed for six months for “violating the journalism code of ethics” and “threatening public order” for publishing an article in the privately owned daily al-Tayar.
The criminal court ordered Mirgani to pay a fine of Sudanese £10 000
Sudanese (R19 600) alternatively for the article published in 2012.
Zine al-Abidine, the journalist who wrote the article, has been sentenced
to a three-year suspended sentence on the same charges.
Migrani has refused to pay the fine in protest. Authorities are holding
the editor at a prison in the second capital, Omdurman.
The journalists plan to appeal.
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Sudanese authorities were trying to silence critical journalists by harassing them and sending them to criminal court for exposing corruption.
“We call on the authorities to release Osman Mirgani immediately and not to contest his appeal or that of Mohamed Zine al-Abidine,” CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Coordinator Sherif Mansour, said.
The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) is making the environment hostile for media.
In recent years, it has confiscated entire print editions when a paper
publishes content of which it disapproves.
Al-Tayar was suspended in June 2012 but resumed two years later following interventions by courts.
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