SOAT: Arrest and Torture of a Journalist, 05/07/2003

A number of security personal, from the National Security Agency, have arbitrary arrested Yousif Al Bashier Mousa, 35 years old, a reporter for the Al Sahafa daily newspaper  in Nyala, resident in Khartoum Bilayil ( Khartoum at night) neighbourhood , Nyala. Yousef is disabled with his left leg is amputated.

His arrest took place on Saturday, 3rd May 2003 by 3 from Nyala stadium
by 3 security officers,
their names:

     Ahmed Mousa

He was taken to the National Security Offices north of the Nyala industrial park. He was detained in cell, measuring 2m* 1m. The cell had little ventilation and he was sleeping on the concrete. He was provided with only 2 meals over the period of four days and was deprived from going to the toilet during his detention.

He was taken every night at 10pm for interogration. He was interrogated at gunpoint and threatened with rape and damage to his able-bodied leg. He was repeatedly beaten and punched on his face and abdominal area; they also used sticks to beat at the sole of his feet and shoulders.

One officer allegedly involved in the torture named Abd Al Moniem Tayfour and one other person dressed in a military uniform.

On 6th May, he was allowed to received medical treatment, Dr Abd Al Rahman Ahmed Hassan conducted this. The medical report confirmed that Yousif was tortured. His Lawyer Mossa’ed Mohamed Ali pledged an appeal for Yousif to be charged or released immediately.

 Yousif was interrogated about his activities and information he sent to Al Sahafa newspaper.


Despite the formal ending of press censorship in Sudan in December 2002, official pressure and restrictions on the media has continued. The government has censored independent newspapers more than a dozen times over the past year. The authorities have drawn what has been termed a ‘red line’ to newspapers about the following issues:

The peace process Abduction of women and children Arrests and releases of political activities or human rights defenders Any information or news about the security forces Any news or information about the Popular National Congress and its leader, Hassan Al Turabi And recently any information or news on Darfour current confilict

In addition to these issues, restrictions have also been brought to bear on newspapers for their handling of the October student demonstrations, and of sexual health issues, notably female circumcision.

SOAT condemns the continuing restrictions on freedom of expression in Sudan and urges the Government to:

i)   Cease the imposition of suspensions, pre-printing and post-printing censorship on newspapers, and allow full freedom of expression in accordance with international human rights standards.

ii)     Allow proper research, discussion and dissemination of information on issues related to press freedom

iii)    Guarantee the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms throughout Sudan in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.

The above recommendations should be sent in appeals to the following addresses:

His Excellency Lieutenant General Omar Hassan al-Bashir
President of the Republic of Sudan
President' s Palace
PO Box 281, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 24911 783223

Mr Ali Mohamed Osman Yassin
Minister of Justice and Attorney General
Ministry of Justice
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax:        + 24911 788941

Mr Mustafa Osman Ismail
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
PO Box 873, Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 24911 779383
Dr Yasir Sid Ahmed
Advisory Council for Human Rights
PO Box 302
Khartoum, Sudan
Fax: + 24911 770883

His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Ibrahim Mirghani Ibrahim,

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Sudan to the United Nations in

PO Box 335,
1211 Geneva,
Fax: +4122 731 26 56,

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