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Sudan: Journalists Allowed to Travel Into Darfur After Criticism

The Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information announced on Tuesday that foreign journalists will be allowed to travel to all regions in the western parts of Sudan, including the West Darfur capital El Geneina where the security situation is still volatile, after widespread criticism.

The Information Ministry has agreed to facilitate the movement of journalists in the region with the Military Intelligence in Darfur, after some journalists faced difficulties moving around.The spokesperson for the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) denied restricting or preventing journalists and correspondents from reaching Darfur and confirmed that the Military Intelligence did not prevent travel anywhere within Sudan, nor did it receive any complaints.The SAF and Military Intelligence affirmed their commitment to facilitate the arrival and travel of journalists to areas with high insecurity and even accompany them, if the security situation requires it, to provide the necessary protection and ensure the unconditional freedom of movement.According to the SJN, officers of the Military Intelligence refused to issue a travel permit to foreign correspondents who wanted to visit Darfur.

"We read with great concern about the decision issued by the so-called Military Intelligence Department, which banned the travel of Sudanese and foreign journalists to the afflicted Darfur region," Mohamed El Nayer, spokesperson for the SLM-AW, said in a statement on Tuesday.p El Geneina / Khartoum — The Sudanese Ministry of Culture and Information announced on Tuesday that foreign journalists will be allowed to travel to all regions in the western parts of Sudan, including the West Darfur capital El Geneina where the security situation is still volatile, after widespread criticism.

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