News On 25 September, the authorities disconnected the Internet throughout the country for more than 24 hours. The same day, the NISS summoned the editors of the main newspapers to its headquarters and forbad them to publish any information about the protests that did not come from government sources.The newspaper Al-Sudani was ordered to close on 26 September after disobeying this directive, and the issue that it brought out the next day in defiance of the closure order was seized. The latest issue of the newspaper Al-Mijhur was also seized on 27 September, while the newspaper Al-Watan was suspended for 24 hours.Sudanese news websites such as Sudanese Online, Hurriyat and Al-Rakoba are meanwhile still all closed.Journalists have been subject to suspensions, summonses for questioning and arbitrary arrest since the start of the unrest. Ameer Hassan, Al-Hurra’s correspondent in Wad Madani was detained. Sky News reporter Tarig Altigani and Al-Masa TV reporter Solafa Abu Dafira were summoned by the security services and an Al-Jareeda journalist was suspended.According to the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, a Sudanese human rights NGO, the police have killed more than 50 demonstrators while students, teachers, activists and members of the political opposition are being detained arbitrarily at NISS headquarters (http://www.acjps.org/?p=1635).Sudan is the 170th country out of 179 in the Reporters Without Borders 2013 Press Freedom Index. More information about media freedom in Sudan. Photo: A bus station burned by protesters in Khartoum (Stringer / Anadolu agency) SudanAfrica Reporters Without Borders condemns the news blackout imposed by the authorities since a wave of protests against President Omar Al-Bashir’s government began on 22 September.“The measures taken by the government, including disconnecting the Internet, seizing newspapers and harassing journalists, show the extremes to which it is ready to go to hold on to power,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This censorship is both totally unacceptable and pointless, given that the protests are continuing.“President Bashir’s use of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to suppress media coverage is allowing the police to deploy deadly force against the protesters with complete impunity. It also shows his vulnerability in the face of the biggest demonstrations since he came to power 24 years ago.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We urge the Sudanese government to put an end to these censorship measures, to protect journalists and to guarantee access to independent sources of information in order to encourage dialogue.”Since 22 September, Khartoum has seen a series of demonstrations with more than 3,000 people taking to the streets any one time to protest against the withdrawal of government subsidies for petroleum products and to demand Omar-Al-Bashir’s departure. The government did not wait long before starting to censor news outlets. The latest unjustified suspension, on 28 September, of Al-Intibaha for an indefinite period of time has sparked the strongest reactions yet, prompting the Sudanese Journalist Network, an informal association of 400 members, to declare they would suspend their work. The day before, the Arabic news channels Al-Arabiya and Sky News had been closed.These most recent events follow a week long of toughening measures by the Khartoum government. On 19 September already, the issues of three newspapers, including Al-Intibaha had been seized as they came off the presses. April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent SudanAfrica Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sudan to go further Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal Receive email alerts RSF_en News September 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 All-out censorship in response to anti-government protests News April 6, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more News
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo April 02, 2019 In light of the serious crisis in Venezuela, the Argentine government announced the creation of the Management Unit to Support Venezuela’s Reconstruction, February 14. The Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship said in a press release that the unit’s mission would be to assist with humanitarian aid to meet the needs of the Venezuelan people. “The unit will gather and systematize information on humanitarian needs in the country, as well as on infrastructure needs and requirements and institutional strengthening,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship stated. “It will coordinate the receipt, management, and shipment of donations and other humanitarian aid.” The new unit has the support of the White Helmets Commission, a humanitarian civil organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship. Its mission will also be to facilitate the participation of Argentine entities—private and academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations, among others—in various activities such as cooperation initiatives, human rights assistance, and education. Coordinating humanitarian aid On March 4, members of the White Helmet Commission, joined by Elisa Trotta Gamus, Venezuela’s diplomatic representative in Argentina appointed by Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaidó, started training volunteers who will form the unit. The first training sessions took place at the Argentine Navy’s Buenos Aires Quartermaster Naval premises. “We are the ones responsible for coordinating humanitarian assistance in this unit,” said Alejandro Daneri, president of the White Helmets Commission, who highlighted the Argentine Navy’s support in training volunteers. “There is ongoing support to carry out this joint task.” The volunteers, Venezuelan nationals who immigrated to Argentina to escape the crisis in their country, learned how to receive donations and manage warehouses that store supplies, among other tasks. They will collect and sort food, medicines, and other basic supplies, such as pasta, sugar, powdered drinks, soap, toothpaste, and towels, among others, that will be sent as humanitarian assistance. “Our experts trained Venezuelans living in Argentina to manage and store donated supplies in warehouses, which will be sent to Cúcuta [on the Colombian-Venezuelan border],” Daneri said. “Humanitarian assistance is the most important [factor] in the Venezuela issue. People are having a very hard time.” The Argentine government estimates that more than 130,000 Venezuelans who were forced to leave the country are currently living in Argentina. According to the Organization of American States, there are more than 3 million Venezuelan refugees in Latin America—more than 1 million in Colombia alone—and the number could grow to more than 5 million by late 2019. In June 2018, a group of White Helmets traveled to Colombia to provide medical care to Venezuelans in Cúcuta, such as general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and psychology, as well as lab tests, diagnostic imaging, and medications. The six-month mission assisted thousands of Venezuelans, giving priority to women of childbearing age and children under 17. Daneri also highlighted the participation of White Helmets members in the humanitarian mission of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Enduring Promise mission, conducted from October to December 2018. The Argentine volunteers provided medical assistance to underprivileged communities from Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Honduras, as well as to Venezuelans who fled the crisis in their country. “Participating in that mission was a great experience, and it shows the cooperation and good relationship between the White Helmets and the United States,” Daneri said. Support for Juan Guaidó With the creation of the unit, the Argentine government reaffirms its backing for Guaidó’s roadmap, which emphasizes taking peaceful action, authorizing the entry of humanitarian aid into Venezuela, and reaching out to the Venezuelan military to restore the constitutional order with their support. Days after the announcement, on February 23, Maduro’s government blocked the entry of basic supplies that were part of the international assistance on the borders that Venezuela shares with Colombia and Brazil. The Lima Group, along with the United States, condemned Maduro’s actions, the violence that took place, and the blockage of tons of humanitarian supplies. Leaders of the Lima Group, which includes Argentina, issued a press release on February 25 urging the Venezuelan military to recognize Guaidó as their commander in chief and to “stop serving as instruments of Nicolás Maduro’s illegitimate regime.” On March 1, Argentine President Mauricio Macri hosted Guaidó in Buenos Aires, as part of Guaidó’s tour to strengthen support against Maduro’s regime. The leaders discussed how to organize the democratic transition in Venezuela and humanitarian assistance, among other topics. “Argentina welcomed many Venezuelans, and we are grateful for this grand gesture toward our fellow citizens,” Guaidó said during a press conference. “This is the start of a new stage for Venezuelan-Argentine relations. A relationship based on fundamental values, not on the interests of a few people.” On Twitter, Macri again condemned Maduro’s actions and confirmed Argentina’s support for the Venezuelan people. “The situation Venezuelans are going through is critical. Argentina will support all efforts to reconstruct Venezuelan democracy and restore decent living conditions for all Venezuelan citizens,” he said.