Al-Jazeera TV condemns Sudan’s withdrawal of Al-Jazeera Mubashir license – Middle East Monitor

Al-Jazeera Media Network condemned on Sunday the withdrawal by the Sudanese authorities of the license of Al-Jazeera Mubasher and the cancellation of the accreditation of two of its journalists.

“The Ministry of Culture and Information has revoked the accreditation of Al Jazeera journalist Mubasher, Mohammed Omar, and photographer, Badawi Bashir, on the pretext of ‘unprofessional coverage of Sudanese affairs’ and reporting on ‘misinformation that harms the country’s interest and social fabric,’ the Doha-based network said in a statement.

“Al Jazeera condemns the interference with its duty to transmit fair and objective coverage of events in the country and to allow its mission to operate unimpeded and exercise its profession,” he added.

The network described the Sudanese decision as “an attack on press freedom as a whole”, calling on international human rights and media organizations to condemn “this attack on the safety of journalists”.

Sudanese authorities earlier on Saturday announced the withdrawal of Al Jazeera Mubasher’s television license, citing “unprofessional coverage” of developments in Sudan.

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The Ministry of Information said in a letter to the director of Sudanese television Al Jazeera that the decision was taken because of the channel’s “unprofessional approach” and the broadcasting of media content that “harms the interests superiors of the country and national security”.

Commenting on the decision of the Sudanese authorities, the American Embassy in Doha condemned this decision.

It was the second time that the Sudanese authorities closed the office of Al Jazeera in Sudan. In May 2019, his office was closed by the authorities, who reversed his decision two months later.

Sudan has been in turmoil since October 25, 2021, when the military sacked Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government and declared a state of emergency.

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