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November 3, 2010

Khartoum officials try to silence Radio Dabanga in Darfur

If you follow this site you know how often, especially recently, I have used Radio Dabanga as my source of information. The Darfur radio station, registered in Holland, has been the best and one of very few media outlets still reporting on the on-going atrocities and human rights abuses in the Darfur region. Now Khartoum officials have raided and closed the Dabanga office and seized its contents, including computers, documents and all Radio Dabanga equipment.

The United States has expressed concern over the reported arrests of several human rights activists and the closure of the Darfuri radio station's offices in Khartoum. U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said, "Radio Dabanga is a very important source of information, real time information in Darfur. Special Envoy Gration will express these concerns directly with senior Sudanese officials during his meetings tomorrow".

Separately, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said Washington "strongly condemns" the arrests and the reported shutdown of the Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga. "These arrests indicate an emerging pattern of harassment and intimidation by the government of Sudan against civil society in advance of the scheduled January 9 referenda," Rice said.

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