SPF Concludes two Working Visits to Washington DC and Banjul


SPF Concludes two Working Visits to Washington DC and Banjul


The President of Sudan Press Freedom Organization Mekki Elmograbi concluded two working trips to U.S. and the Gambia. He participated in Africa media freedom program in Washington DC sponsored by the National Endowment of Democracy (NED) and the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) and he attended the Ordinary Session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in Banjul.
His participation in Washington came along with African press freedom activists, he met Ambassador Princeton Lyman the former Special Envoy for the two Sudans and the member of NED board, and he met also Mrs. Sue Valentine the director of Africa section in CPJ - Committee to Protect Journalist.
In Banjul – the Gambia, Mekki met Commissioner Pansy Tlakula, the ACHPR Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, and submitted SPF reports, to the Commissioner Lawrence Murugu Mute and discussed with him the challenges that facing human rights issues in Sudan and the possible African role.
Katie Campo. NED Program Officer for Sudan and South Sudan visited the headquarters of Sudan Press Freedom Organization in Khartoum during her working visit to Sudan, Mekki discussed with her the necessity of gathering all Sudanese activists from different backgrounds, “Sudan is facing very strong split among politicians; this conflict manifests itself in splits among journalists and activists and even volunteers which is very damaging for the Sudanese Civil Society” he said. “We need ambitious proposals such like Civil Society Parliament that encompasses all NGOs and activists”, he suggested..
Mekki highlighted the role of SPF on the ongoing dialogue in Sudan indicating the necessity of involving civil society in the round table, “the situation of press freedom is strongly linked with the ongoing national dialogue and national reconciliation. As much as the dialogue reach advanced steps, the situation of press freedom will get better”, he Said, “for this very reason we blame all parties for the suspension of the dialogue but we put more blame on the government because it is responsible of the situation of human rights” he explained.
The American sanction against Sudan is a part of the problem and kind of violation against human rights in Sudan, it is not part for solution”, he added.
Previously, SPF submitted a paper to AUHIP chaired by President Thabo Mbeki on the situation of press freedom in Sudan and issues related to the national dialogue.




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