Al-Jazeera says Sudan officials allow it back into Khartoum
CAIRO (AP) — The satellite news channel Al-Jazeera says Sudanese authorities have allowed the re-opening of its bureau in Khartoum after it was closed over two months ago.
The Qatar-funded broadcaster said Friday that a travel ban imposed on its bureau chief in the Sudanese capital was lifted and that all equipment confiscated following the shutdown was given back.
In May, Sudan’s authorities shut down the Al-Jazeera bureau only a few days ahead of a deadly crackdown on a large protest sit-in.
The military, under pressure from pro-democracy activists, brought down longtime autocratic president Omar al-Bashir and remained on the street demanding a civilian government.
The move to close down Al-Jazeera was seen as part of a wider media and internet blackout imposed by the ruling military council.