Friday 23 February 2018

Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests

Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests
(AFP (eng) 01/22/18)
Sudan frees AFP, Reuters reporters detained covering protests

Sudan on Monday freed Agence France-Presse's reporter in Khartoum, Abdelmoneim Abu Idris Ali, and a Reuters journalist who were arrested last week while covering protests.

Idris Ali, a 51-year-old who has worked for AFP in Khartoum for nearly a decade, was covering the protests on Wednesday in the Sudanese capital's twin city of Omdurman, where riot police broke up a demonstration of about 200 protesters against rising food prices, notably bread.

He had been arrested along with a journalist from international news agency Reuters and a third colleague.

"I am free and so are the other journalists," Idris Ali said minutes after his release.

Several protesters were also reported to have been detained at the demonstration.

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