National Council for Press and Publican Suspends Issuance of Al-Intibaha and Sayha Newspapers
Khartoum, Sep. 20 (SUNA) – The National Council for Press and Publications has decided to suspend issuance of the Al-Intibaha and Al-Sayha newspapers for three days, starting from September 21, 2021 until September 23, 2021, because the two newspapers published on Friday, September 17, 2021 an advertisement on their first pages from an unknown and not legally registered circle, entitled the “Supreme Coordination Body of Eastern Sudan Entities” calling for the closure of national roads on Friday, September 17, 2021.
A statement issued by the National Council for Press and Publications, a copy of which was received by SUNA, explained that the two newspapers have violated the Constitutional Document for the year 2019, Amendment of 2020 in Article 57, clause 4, which states that “all the mass media shall be committed to the professional ethics and not to incite religious, ethnical, racial or cultural hatred, or call for violence or war.”
The statement also explained that the two newspapers have violated the Press and Publications Act for the year 2009, Article 24, on the responsibility of the editor-in-chief, which stipulates that “the editor-in-chief is primarily responsible for the editorial performance of the newspaper and is responsible under the principles of tort or criminal responsibility for the items published in the newspaper, without prejudice to any other legal responsibility, that may be done by the writer, the painter, the stamp maker, the typewriter or the publisher”, and also violated Article 26 “F”, which prohibits inciting religious, racial or ethnic sedition and the call for war and violence.
The National Council for Press and Publications stressed that the press should be practiced freely and independently in accordance with the Constitutional Document for the year 2019 Amendment 2020, and the Press and Publications Act for the year 2009, and to take into account the public interest, adding that the press shall play its role in the pluralistic and democratic society in accordance with the law.
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