Sudan’s relevant authorities released Al Arabiya and Al Hadath correspondent Saad el-Din Hassan after he was summoned for questioning following his reporting of the recent protests in the country.
After his release, Hassan informed his followers on via his Twitter micro blog that his personal phone his press license were confiscated. He added that security officials ordered him to come back the following morning to complete the investigation.
However there are the other reports about jailed reporters, who vanished after arrests for coverage of the protests.
President Omar al-Bashir said that the initiators of mass unrest swept Sudan in the past few weeks, receive financial support from abroad. He said this on January 3 in Khartoum during a speech on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of the independence of the east African state.
According to al-Bashir, the organizers of anti-government demonstrations “receive funding from abroad, and the guide to action is from the embassies of some foreign countries represented in Khartoum,” reported Al-Mayadin TV channel.
“But the Sudanese will not sell their independence for dollars,” the Sudanese leader underlined.
“Our country has been in a state of economic war for 21 years already, since the introduction of international sanctions against it,” said Al-Bashir, commenting on the difficult economic situation in Sudan. However, a way out of the crisis, he said, must be resolved within the country.
“Overcoming it will not work in one day or one night, but we know how to find a way out of the current difficult situation,” al-Bashir explained and promised “at the end of the month to start implementing the program to raise salaries in the country to the required level and support most vulnerable people. “
Demonstrations demanding President Omar al-Bashir to resign erupted in city of Port Sudan (pictured), where protesters condemned alleged repression by the government and deteriorating economic conditions, Turkish News Agency Anadolu reports.
Security forces dispersed hundreds of demonstrators with teargas, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.
In December, the port city saw similar protests that were also dispersed by security forces.
Protests began in Sudan on December 19 in 14 of the country’s 18 states, including capital Khartoum.
The city has handles the majority of Sudan international trade, and has an oil refinery.
Authorities are blocking access to Sudanese popular social media platforms used to organize and broadcast nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis, internet users complain.
In a country where the state tightly controls conventional media, the internet has become a key information battleground. Of Sudan’s 40 million people, some 13 million use the internet and more than 28 million own mobile phones, local media reports.
Sudan largest opposition bloc along with the whole spectrum political groups for President Omar al-Bashir to resign, turning up the pressure on the longtime autocrat after two weeks of street protests.
Nidaa al-Sudan said in a statement that it urges Omar al-Bashir and his administration to step down to open a transition toward democracy.
Nidaa al-Sudan comprises the Umma party of former Prime Minister Sadeq al-Mahdi and rebel groups in the western Kordofan and Darfur regions, and the Blue Nile region south of Khartoum.
However the calls for resignation were met by fierce oppression demonstrators, although operating in restricted conditions, the reporters inform about use of firearms and numerous victims among unarmed civilians.
Taken into consideration severe constraints on reporting from Sudan because of Internet shutdown, silencing of social, media, and control of telephone services, reporters, and human rights defenders can only approximately estimate the number killed by the regime including while in custody. The toll is rising above hundred victims.
Somalia has expelled the top United Nations official accusing him of interfering with national sovereignty days after he raised concerns about the actions of UN-supported Somali security forces.
“The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Nicholas Haysom, is no longer welcome in Somalia and cannot operate in the country,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.
Haysom was accused of “violating protocols” and “deliberately interfering” in the internal affairs of the Horn of Africa country.
There was no immediate reaction from the UN mission in Somalia.
The order is issued a few days after Haysom raised concerns about the action of Somalia’s UN-backed security services in recent clashes with demonstrators contesting the arrest of former al-Shabab deputy leader Mukhtar Robow in the southern city of Baidoa last month, leaving 15 people dead and 300 people arrested.
Sudanese police fire with live ammunition at protesters in Khartoum, as they continue to call for President Bashir to resign.
President Omar al-Bashir has promised the New Year will bring improvements, and economic development, amid his speech the security forces undertook operation dispersing anti-government protests with teargas and live ammunition.
“For the first time in history we build [the budget] on development projects … aimed at lessening people’s suffering by maintaining subsidies on certain goods and items, raising salaries, and refraining from tax burdens,” al-Bashir told a congregation in Khartoum.
Al-Bashir also referred to international cooperation and trade, with an accent on bilateral partnerships with China, Russia and Gulf States as means to reaching prosperity. “We have been engaged in strategic partnerships that aim at raising the efficiency of our economy… [and] providing a solid foundation for our national production base.”
In a speech concluding 63 years of Sudanese independence, al-Bashir said the 2019 budget, approved the end of December would help the country “brave through the current crisis“, referring to outbreak of protests over rising price and shortages of basic commodities, which has provoked demonstrations across Sudan over the past two weeks.