Desperate to slow a growing social movement, Sudan government continues deportations of journalists and bloggers.
June 27, 2012
Sudan deported an Egyptian journalist and briefly detained another prominent blogger on Tuesday, as the authorities attempted to stifle a protest movement that started last week. The demonstration came after President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced spending cuts and austerity measures, like reducing fuel subsidies and raising taxes.
Salma El Wardany, a journalist who has been reporting on the protests for Bloomberg News, said in a brief telephone conversation with Agence France-Presse from the airport in Khartoum, the capital, that the authorities had ordered her to leave.
According to a series of updates posted on Twitter by her sister, Lina, Ms. Wardany was first informed that she was being deported when she went to renew her press accreditation on Tuesday. After she was initially denied permission to pack before leaving, she was then allowed to collect her things, but only under guard.