Security forces hound journalists who cover their abuses

first_img News March 18, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security forces hound journalists who cover their abuses SudanAfrica to go further Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders condemns a campaign of harassment that Sudan’s security forces are waging against journalists in an attempt to silence media criticism. At their request, the attorney general questioned three journalists who drew attention to their mistreatment of human rights activists, including cases of rape.“The collusion between the attorney general’s office and the security forces is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “What gives them the right to dictate to the judicial authorities the investigations they should conduct? This is yet another example of a determination to gag the press and curb free expression. Nothing should be allowed to prevent the media from covering human rights violations in Sudan, which continue to be extremely worrying.”The three journalists and human rights activists who were questioned by the attorney general are Faisal Salih, Amal Habbani and Faiz Alselaik. They were interrogated about their coverage of rape allegations by women activists. After one of the victims, Safia Ishag, gave a detailed account of being gang raped by three members of the security forces, several journalists took up their cause and called for a judicial investigation. The security forces responded by accusing them of spreading false information and pressured the attorney general’s office to sanction them.The United Nations independent expert on human rights in Sudan accused the authorities on 14 March of violating fundamental freedoms, including free expression, while Human Rights Watch accused the authorities of systematic repression as well as mistreatment and sometimes torture of detainees.Reporters Without Borders has repeatedly condemned the conditions in which journalists are detained in Sudan and drew attention to the fact that employees of the newspapers Rai-al-Shaab and Al-Midan and other media personnel arrested in February were being tortured.Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the three journalists with the opposition weekly Al-Midan still being held in Khartoum – Mohamed Aldirderi, Samir Salaheldin and Abdelazeem Albadawi – were finally released on 14 March after a month and a half in detention. More information about their case . March 29, 2020 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africacenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 10, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removallast_img read more

Coronavirus rules revealed for viewings when market reopens – including 15 minute limit!

first_imgDetails of the protocols that estate agents may have to follow if the property market is to be allowed to reopen have been revealed following discussions between the sales industry and housing minister Christopher Pincher about property viewings.He is reported to have already discussed how to get the property market back on its feet with conveyancers and lenders, but is due to speak to NAEA Propertymark this week to discuss the nitty gritty of how the sales process can restart, and in particular how viewings can be completed.As The Negotiator report recently, arguments about how to interpret the current guidance is leading to some local disputes.But more precise advice is expected to be issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on how to safely conduct property viewings.These include:Vendors will have to wait outside while viewings are completed, or in different parts of a house if it’s large enough.Potential buyers will not be allowed to touch surfaces including doorknobs and agents will have to have to carry wipes and disinfectant.Those completing viewings including agents will have to wear masks and gloves and must not present any COVID-19 symptoms including a cough.Only two people will be able to attend viewings – children and other members of a family will not be able to come.Commenting on the expected relaxation of lockdown rules and a restart of the market, NAEA Propertymark Mark Hayward (left) says: “There will be a spike in property completions coming out of lockdown. This will be a difficulty because the removal people have all put all of their staff on furlough – but everyone is going to want to move on the Friday after the end of lockdown.”coronavirus Chris Pincher Mark Hayward NAEA property viewings May 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Coronavirus rules revealed for viewings when market reopens – including 15 minute limit! previous nextCOVID-19 newsCoronavirus rules revealed for viewings when market reopens – including 15 minute limit!Discussions between housing minister Chris Pincher and the industry include strict rules on how vendors, buyers and agents must minimise the risk of transmission.Nigel Lewis5th May 2020028,297 Viewslast_img read more