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Sudan editor severely beaten after call to normalise ties with Israel

Published on Jul 20, 2014 8:16 AM

KHARTOUM (AFP) - Armed men raided the offices of a Sudanese newspaper on Saturday evening and severely beat the chief editor who had called for normalisation of ties with Israel, a colleague said.

The violence against Osman Mirghani, chief editor of the Al-Tayar daily, was an unusual physical attack against a journalist in Sudan, although reporters regularly complain of censorship by the National Intelligence and Security Service.

Mr Mirghani was admitted to Al-Zaytouna Hospital in downtown Khartoum after "they just started beating him in his head, in his leg, using the guns and the sticks," Mr Faisal Mohamed Salih, an award-winning Sudanese journalist and press freedom advocate, told AFP.

Mr Ibrahim Ghandour, top assistant to President Omar al-Bashir, visited Mr Mirghani and told journalists that the editor was unconscious, Mr Salih said.

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