Sudan: journalists’ safety under threat amid ongoing conflict

  • 25 Aug 2023

NUJ stands in solidarity with journalists in Sudan and encourages members to donate to the IFJ’s Safety Fund offering emergency assistance.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) sends a message of solidarity to its sister union the Sudanese Union of Journalists- (SUJ), calling for a halt to ongoing conflict in Sudan and urging all parties ensure the safety of journalists in the country.  

In April, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expressed concern for journalists in Khartoum following clashes between the Sudanese army and paramilitary forces. At least fifteen journalists and media workers were stuck without basic items and food inside the Sudan News Agency building in Sudan’s capital city, unable to leave because of fighting and shooting. According to the SJU, similar incidents have been reported throughout the conflict, and there are accounts of shelling on the ceiling of the General Authority for Radio and Television during a live broadcast.

The NUJ condemns the conflict in Sudan and threats to the safety of journalists. The union urges a halt to arms transfers and the provision of military and security assistance by the UK government to parties involved in the conflict.

Medical personnel and hospitals have reportedly  faced attack and the union joins the IFJ in urging all parties to guarantee the security of journalists and civilians. The IFJ has published guidelines for journalists in Arabic, created in cooperation with the SJU.

NUJ members can join protests for peace in Sudan and stay updated on the work of the SJU and via their website.

Donations to the IFJ’s safety fund are encouraged and contributions received are used to assist journalists in emergency cases - find out more about the fund and how you can donate. 

Access the SJU website. 

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