Detained Sudanese Journalist Faces Risk of Torture, Amnesty Says

Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists urged Sudan to free Faisal Mohamed Saleh, a journalist who criticized President Umar al- Bashir last month and was arrested yesterday.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Khartoum at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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