NUJ calls for release of Alaraby journalists arrested by the Sudan government

  • 13 Jan 2022

Paul Siegert, NUJ national broadcasting organiser, said the journalists were doing they job legitimately and condemned the action of the authorities.

The NUJ has condemned the Sudanese government following the arrest of four members of staff from Alaraby TV.
The team, who were working out of the broadcaster’s Sudan office, were covering protesters calling for civilian rule in Sudan and denouncing the military coup that took place in October.

They were arrested when Sudanese security forces stormed the company’s Khartoum office.
Alaraby broadcasts from London and says it had all the required licenses and permits that were required to be in the country and cover the protests.

Paul Siegert, NUJ national broadcasting organiser, said:

“The NUJ calls on the Sudanese government to release the four members of staff immediately. They were there to legitimately cover the protests and it is outrageous that journalists aren’t able to do their jobs without fear of being arrested.”

Alaraby TV said reporter Wael Mohammed Alhassan, office supervisor Islam Saleh, camera operator Mazen Oono and his assistant Abu Baker Ali had been arrested. The broadcaster said the actions of the Sudanese Security Forces were a serious attack on the rights of journalists to work freely and without intimidation and called upon all international human rights organisations to condemn this targeting of journalists and journalism.

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