Police in Sudan have arrested more than 60 journalists during a protest against media censorship, witnesses say. Riot police armed with canes and shields rounded up the journalists outside parliament and took them to a police station.
Demonstrators said they had been protesting against a press crackdown under way despite guarantees of media freedom in a 2005 peace deal.
Murtada el-Ghali, editor in chief of the Ajras al-Hurriya newspaper, told AFP news agency that police had taken mobile phones and money from some of those arrested.
There have been weeks of protests against media censorship in Sudan led by Ajras al-Hurriya and two other papers.
Editors say that newspapers are now subject to nightly checks by the security forces who routinely remove articles they do not approve of.
Do they have a Patriot Act?
I guess they don’t waste time on such sophistry. Old-fashioned fascism.