Sudan suspends operations of three Arab news channels

Sudan suspends operations of three Arab news channels

THREE Arab news channels stopped operations in war-torn Sudan due to expired licenses amid criticisms from the government for unprofessional reporting.

Sudan’s Ministry of Culture suspended the licenses of Saudi state-owned broadcasters — Al Arabiya and Al Hadath — as well as the UAE-owned Sky News Arabia.

According to the Sudanese government, the three Arab networks lack professionalism and transparency, and called them out for being biased.

After the expiration of their licenses, the Acting Information Minister ordered the immediate cancellation of their operations in the country.

Last week, one of the Arab networks reported the alleged connivance of the Islamic State elements and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF).

The Sudanese government rejected the report, calling it “unprofessional and biased.”

Violent clashes engulfed Sudan since April 15, 2023, as the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces have been fiercely fighting to gain control in the North African country.

With millions displaced and suffering from high levels of hunger, the United Nations warned Sudan is on track to become the country with the worst hunger crisis.

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