Egyptian journalist Shaimaa Adel detained in Sudan

Ahram Online, Tuesday 3 Jul 2012

Shaimaa Adel becomes the second Egyptian journalist to be arrested in Sudan in less than two weeks


Egyptian newspaper Al-Watan said one of its journalists, Shaimaa Adel, was detained in Sudan on Tuesday.

“Sudan’s security forces arrested Adel in an internet cafe in Al-Haj Youssef district, Khartoum at 8:30 pm Sudanese local time (7:30 Cairo time),” the paper said on its website.

“Sudanese journalist Marwa El-Tejany was also arrested and both were taken in a pickup truck to an unknown destination.”

Egyptian journalist Salma El-Wardany, who reports for the Bloomberg news agency and helped found Ahram Online, was also detained on 21 June while covering anti-austerity protests in front of Khartoum University.

She was eventually deported to Egypt after rejecting an order from Sudanese authorities to stop covering the youth protests, which demanded the resignation of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir after he imposed unpopular austerity measures.

The Sudan authorities’ crackdown on journalists saw them raid the local bureau of news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) last week, arresting a part-time correspondent.

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