Sudan closes Al Arabiya TV's office in Khartoum

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The Sudanese government ordered the closure of Al Arabiya television’s office in Khartoum on Friday, hours after it had summoned the channel’s correspondent for question.

The correspondent was later released but the channel’s office remained closed.

Sudan’s Information Minister Ahmed Bilal appeared several times on Al Arabiya TV over the past two days. In one occasion he accused “foreign media” of inciting unrest in Sudan and described protesters as groups of “troublemakers”

Sudan’s government has also ordered the shutdown of several local and international media outlets, including newspapers and television networkes.

The office of Abu Dhabi-based news channel Sky News Arabia was also closed and banned its correspondent from working and confiscated its equipment, the station said reported.

Unrest escalated after the death of more than 50 protesters, with the government shutting down internet connection and several local media outlets.

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