London-based Amnesty International said Saleh was arrested at his home yesterday by agents of the National Intelligence and Security Services and is “being held incommunicado and is at risk of torture and other ill treatment.”
Saleh was detained after he gave an interview to Al-Jazeera television on April 19 about a speech by al-Bashir, Amnesty said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.
“The Sudanese security forces appear to have targeted Faisal Mohamed Saleh because of his critical journalism,” the New York-based Committee to Project Journalists said yesterday in a statement.
Sudan’s government shut down 15 newspapers, confiscated more than 40 newspaper editions, arrested eight journalists and banned two from writing since May 2011, Amnesty said in a report on May 3.
Al-Obaid Murawih, the secretary-general of Press and Publications Council and spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, didn’t answer phone calls seeking comment.
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