The European Union renews its criticism of the Sudanese authorities withdrawing the licenses of Al Jazeera Mubasher
The European Union renewed its criticism of the Sudanese authorities’ decision to withdraw the licenses of Al Jazeera Mubasher, and said in a statement that “the Sudanese military authorities have restricted freedom of expression since the coup, and that they withdrew the license of Al Jazeera Mubasher.”
In a statement, the High Representative of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, stressed that what he described as violence against demonstrators and the detention of journalists is driving Sudan away from stability.
Statement by the High Representative of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Josef Borrell on the recent developments in Sudan: The European Union has supported the democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people from the beginning and will do so in the future by all means available to it.
— European Union In Sudan (@EU_SUDAN) January 18, 2022
Yesterday, Monday, the European Union expressed its regret at the Sudanese authorities’ decision to withdraw the license of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, a day after it was withdrawn on the accusation of the channel’s “unprofessional” handling of Sudanese affairs.
In a tweet on Twitter, the European Union Mission to Sudan considered freedom of expression and the media among the basic rights that must be guaranteed, and that democracy cannot exist without freedom of the press.
In an interview with Al Jazeera, the founder of the Ethical Journalism Network and former Secretary-General of the International Federation of Journalists, Aiden White, said that there is a struggle for democracy in Sudan, and that any political momentum that the international community tries to create will depend on favorable conditions in the country.
He added that media censorship and the revocation of the licenses of Al Jazeera Mubasher is a bad indication that there is a long way to go before a real democratic process is reached in Sudan, as he described it.
According to a decision issued yesterday, Monday, by the Deputy Minister of Information in charge, Nasr El-Din Ahmed, the Sudanese authorities withdrew the license of Al-Jazeera Mubasher, and accused the channel of unprofessional handling of the Sudanese issue, and of violating professional behavior and customs.
Al Jazeera Media Network condemned the decision of the Sudanese authorities, and called on them to reverse it. It also demanded that the channel be enabled to continue its journalistic work without obstacles or intimidation.
On Monday, the US embassy in Khartoum denounced the decision, saying it was a step backwards in freedom of the press, which is the cornerstone of the democratic transition.