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A Sudan Radio service journalist for the Darfur News and Information Service is still detained by public security in Wau

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 after he was picked up by plain-clothed security on May 11 for taking photographs without a permit.

 

The reporter, Mohamad Arkou Ali, was on an official assignment to gather news and programs for the Darfur News and Information Service. Today is his thirteenth day in detention without any formal charge.

 

On May 21, Ali was moved from a detention center outside Wau town to the public security office in Wau where he was given a bed and allowed to shower and change clothes.

 

Public security in Wau has also allowed Ali to call relatives and colleagues on a mobile phone provided by the security but is not allowed to give interviews to the media. His fate is not known because the security personnel are not saying anything about his release or how long he will remain in detention.

 

Of late local journalists in south Sudan have been facing harassment from security personnel. Due to lack of media laws journalists have had their cameras or equipment confiscated or damaged by plain-clothed security operatives who either demand an official permit from the journalists or label them spies without proof, a trend that is worrying as South Sudan is only weeks away from independence on July 9.

 

Mr Jon Newstrom, the Chief of Party of Sudan Radio said the continued detention of Ali without formal charges brought against him is unacceptable.

 

 “Our Journalist may have taken photos without a permit, and we are sorry if he did so, and will make sure he doesn’t do so again.  But he should be formally charged and be able to speak to a lawyer, or he should be released.  Twelve days of detention without charges is not acceptable.  He should be released and allowed to return to his duty station in Nairobi.  If we made a mistake by not following proper procedures, we apologize.  Of course we also want to know what the procedures are, and without a Press Law that is difficult, “ said Mr Newstrom.

 

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Darfur, Khartoum, SPLA , Southern Sudan , Port-Sudan , President Al-Bashir , Sudanese army , Nuba Mountains , Addis Abab, Ban Ki-moon , International Criminal Court , UNESCO , JUBA, WA

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