An Algerian Journalist Finds Sudan’s Unrest Overstated

Abdul Aziz Ali Omer

In the aftermath of recent protests and subsequent measures taken by the government in Sudan, Mr. Awad Saleh,an Algerian journalist arrived in Khartoum. He wanted to know about the media in Sudan and see the recent developments. In Sudan Vision office, he was warmly received by the senior members of staff with whom he discussed many issues such as the position of Sudan from the Palestinian question, other Arab fair causes and the role of both Sudan and Algeria in pioneering the national liberation movements in the second half of the last century. During the mutual discussion, Awad affirmed the close and strong relations between the people of the two countries, pointing out that they share several traditions and norms. For his part, Sudan Vision Editor-in-Chief briefed the visiting guest on the vision and mission of the paper as an independent daily paper committing to its slogan (Window of Objectivity). It is worth noting that Mr. Awad works in Algerian Daily Shorouk. It is published in Arabic with average of 600 thousand copies circulated daily. When the plane landed in Khartoum airport, he thought that he would be met with massive protests and violent collision between the police forces and protesters. To his surprise, he arrived in the hotel without seeing any signs of tension as he was expecting based on what he saw in Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya TV Channels.
“For 4 days I was roaming in the streets, hotels, restaurants, parks, bus stations and markets without seeing any abnormal moves” Awad said. He added that he heard that there are protests in Khartoum North, so he went there to see the scene closer, but he saw some hundred youth who gathered for ten minutes and left the place peacefully. According to Awad he went back to the hotel to see that Al-Jazeera is airing protest in Khartoum North, but it is apparent that they are old videos. “I was attendance in Al-Sadiq Al-Mahdi press conference who called for transitional government, affirming that toppling the regime is not the demand of the people; but the demand is democratic procedures to move towards new stage through democratic process, warning against violence and sabotage” Awad added. Awad said that all the officials he has met did not deny the existence of crisis and deterioration in the economy, but they subjected that to the sanctions and the lack of foreign currency. “The alliance of Sudanese parties has already called for the dissolution of the government and the formation of a transitional government without presenting its manifesto or alternative.” Awad said According to Awad, the number of political parties in Sudan exceeded one hundred, adding that the Sudanese press enjoys wide margin of freedoms”. One of his most important observations on the Sudanese scene is that the public life is moving at a normal pace.
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