June 26, 2012 | By Jillian York

Sudan Continues Crackdown, Arresting More Bloggers

Sudan may not have "pulled a Mubarak" and shut off the Internet, but that hasn't stopped the government's attempts to silence vocal citizens online.  Four days after we first reported his arrest, Usamah Mohammed Ali (better known as @simsimt) remains in detention, his whereabouts unknown, while Maha El-Sanosi was released over the weekend only to be arrested again today.

Last year, following the protests in Tunisia and Egypt that ousted Presidents Ben Ali and Mubarak, respectively, Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) stated that it had created a "cyber jihad unit" to "crush online dissent."  Activists familiar with the unit believe that the government is now targeting bloggers and activists with the ability to reach an international audience, in an effort to ward off media attention.  Although telecommunications have not been cut, some Sudanese Internet users have reported decreased upload speeds.  

EFF condemns the Sudanese government's attempts to stifle dissent and demands the immediate release of Usamah Mohammed Ali and Maha El-Sanosi.  We will continue to provide updates on the situation in Sudan.


Deeplinks Topics

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Kazakhstan's authoritarian government is misusing U.S. law to silence and spy on its online critics: https://eff.org/r.vekw

Aug 4 @ 4:50pm

TPP talks ended in deadlock last week, but officials are as determined as ever to conclude this anti-user deal: https://eff.org/r.n8ew

Aug 4 @ 3:49pm

A milestone in EFF’s case: The Ninth Circuit will consider whether NSA’s “Upstream” spying violates the Constitution https://eff.org/r.b1s9

Aug 4 @ 3:47pm
JavaScript license information