The Sudanese authorities have revoked the license of the Doha-based company Al Jazeera Mubasher TVciting “unprofessional reporting” on developments in Sudan.
This was announced by the Ministry of Information in a letter to the director Al Jazeera Sudan TV on Saturday said the move was due to the channel’s “unprofessional approach” and the broadcasting of media content that “harmed the country’s higher interests and national security.”
This is the second time the Sudanese authorities have shut down Al Jazeera Office in Sudan.
in an opinion, Al Jazeera condemned the act, calling it an “interference in their duty to provide fair and objective reporting” of events in the country. The media network sees this as an attack on press freedom and a violation of the safety of journalists. The statement added:
The Ministry of Culture and Information revoked the accreditations of Al Jazeera Mubasher journalist Mohammed Omar and photographer Badawi Bashir for “unprofessional reporting on Sudanese affairs” and reporting “false information damaging the country’s interest and social fabric”.
Al Jazeera condemns the interference in its duty to report fairly and objectively on events in the country and to allow its journalists to work and practice their profession freely.
In May 2019, the Doha-based TV channel’s office was shut down by the Sudanese authorities, who reversed their decision two months later.
Sudan has been in turmoil since October 25, when the military sacked Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s interim government and declared a state of emergency.
Before the military takeover, Sudan was governed by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials tasked with overseeing the transition period leading up to the 2023 elections.
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