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Sudanese government suspends operations of 3 major Arab news channels


Sudan's government announced on Tuesday the suspension of Al Arabiya, Al Hadath TV and Sky News Arabia's operations within the country, citing a lack of "professional standards and transparency" in their media coverage.

Acting Information Minister Graham Abdel-Qadir issued a directive to halt these broadcasters' activities immediately. He emphasized that the decision was made to safeguard "the interests and values of Sudanese citizens."

On March 29, Sky News Arabia aired a video report alleging the involvement of Islamic State elements in combat alongside the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). The report was refuted by the Sudanese government, with the Foreign Ministry calling it "unprofessional and biased."

Sudan has been engulfed in violent clashes between the SAF and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) since April 15, 2023.

The conflict has led to the displacement of approximately 8.1 million people, with around 6.3 million internally displaced, as per the latest UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report. The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project has recorded approximately 13,900 fatalities since the onset of hostilities.

(Cover: A man walks with a jerrycan at the Huri camp for people displaced by the ongoing conflict in Sudan, south of Gedaref in eastern Sudan, on March 29, 2024, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. /CFP)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency
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