‘FREE SUDAN JOURNALISTS’ CALL
A call for solidarity with the journalists and staff of Al Midan – the banned newspaper of the Sudanese Communist Party – came this weekend from communists from six countries.
Sudanese CP representative Rashid Alsheikh told a meeting in London of parties from Britain, Iran, Greece, Cyprus and Bangladesh that all copies of the paper have been confiscated by the regime’s security forces from the beginning of January.
‘The editor and senior journalists at Al Midan have been locked up and face serious charges including “endangering national security”’, Mr Alsheikh revealed. They could face the death penalty if convicted.
Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths has sent a letter of protest to the Sudanese ambassador condemning the regime’s repressive policies and demanding that the paper’s staff are released and all charges against them dropped.
The six parties at the meeting pledged to redouble their efforts to win support for Al Midan and its imprisoned journalists in Britain and internationally