Al-Jareeda and Al-Saiha newspapers in Sudan have been confiscated from the printery by the enormous National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS)- no reason has been given for this seizure.
NISS director Salah Gosh, however, recently while meeting with Chief-Editors of the newspapers stated redlines that mustn’t be crossed including the president of the republic.
Gosh also warned the Chief-Editors against covering news of the armed movements in Darfur region.
Meanwhile, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) recently decided to amend its constitution to re-nominate Omar al-Bashir for a third term in 2020 elections.
Journalists working for the two newspapers told local radio stations that this is not the first time the Intelligence agency is acting this way, “It is a continuation of previous confiscations which began prior to Eid al-Adha holiday.”
NISS is also said to have been disturbed by revelations by Al-Saiha columnist Abdel-Bagi Al-Zafer that has recently published ’the behind-the-scenes report’ on how NCP party manipulated its constitution to ensure Bashir’s illegal nomination.
On January 7, the NISS confiscated 6 newspapers for publishing reports about the popular protests against the harsh economic conditions.