Darfur journalist held incommunicado by Sudanese government for 2 weeks

Other News Materials 25 October 2008 21:04 (UTC +04:00)

The publisher of a Sudanese daily says one of his journalists in south Darfur has been held

incommunicado by the government for two weeks, the Associated Press reported.

Salah Kajam, publisher of Freedom Bells, says the government detained Nurredin Braima after he translated the comments of a displaced Darfurian woman into Arabic for a visiting Qatari diplomat.

The woman's comments are not known. But Kajam believes the detention is part of a government crackdown against journalists and Darfurians to prevent them from speaking about the crisis.

Government officials say Braima was detained for causing a commotion in the room, without providing additional details.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.