Sudan security agents arrest journalist: family

His family said they did not know the reason for his arrest

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Sudanese security forces arrested a journalist for the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat in Khartoum Thursday, his family said, unaware of the reasons for his detention.

Agents from the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) arrested Al-Nur Ahmad al-Nur, a Sudanese reporter for Al-Hayat, at around 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) on the central Mek Nimir street.

His brother, Muntasir Ahmad al-Nur, said he received a text from him that: "I am arrested and I am with security in Khartoum North now".

When he tried to call his brother, he found that his telephone had been switched off. His family said they did not know the reason for his arrest.

Last month, NISS agents arrested Abdul Rahman al-Ajib, a journalist for Sudan's Al-Yom al-Tali newspaper and held him for three weeks without charge.

And in July, armed men raided Al-Tayar's offices and severely beat the chief editor, days after he had called for the normalization of relations with Israel.

The violence was an unusual physical attack against a journalist, and police said "unidentified persons" carried out the assault.

Sudan ranked near the bottom, at 172 out of 180, in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index.

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