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NUJ demands release of journalists’ union leader seized by Sudanese military

Sadiq Rizaigi at the IFJ Congress, Tunis   -  © @fmarchese_UK

25 July 2019

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the UK and Ireland joins with the International Federation of Journalists to demand the immediate release of Sadiq Rizaigi, the head of the Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU). He was detained by the authorities on 24 July.

Following an emergency meeting on 25 July the Sudanese Journalists Union issued the following statement:

The Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) held an emergency meeting this Thursday morning, July 25 2019, to discuss the arrest of Sadiq Rizaigi, president of the SJU, president of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), chairman of the  East African Journalists Association (EAJA), vice president of the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ).

We lost contact with the president of SJU since Wednesday afternoon, July 24 2019, and later it became clear that he was detained but we did not have any information on the reason for his arrest.

The executive office of the SJU demands the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to immediately release the president of the SJU and to explain the reason for his arrest and to present him with a prompt and fair trial in case that he is proved to deserve warrant arrest and trial.

The executive office formed a committee for the immediate contact with the TMC and relevant authorities to know the circumstances of his arrest.

The executive office will remain in constant session to follow up the matter and to provide information to the public on a timely basis.

The executive office thanks the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the  East African Journalists Association (EAJA) and the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) who expressed deep concern over his arrest.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

"We demand transparency about the reasons for the arrest of our colleague Sadiq. He must be immediately released and, in the event that charges are brought against him, he must have the right to a fair and transparent legal process. We will not rest until Sadiq is free and the injustice stopped."

UPDATE:

Sadiq was released from detention on Monday 30 July after a concerted campaign led by colleagues, sister unions and the International Federation of Journalists.

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