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Sudan Muzzles Popular Opposition Newspaper

Sun., July 14, 1996

The Sudanese government has forced the closure of one of the nation’s most outspoken and popular newspapers by withdrawing the license of the company that publishes it, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported Saturday.

The Dar al-Ahlah publishing house is known for its criticism of the Sudanese regime, and the Al-Rai Al-Akher newspaper - or The Other Viewpoint - frequently has run afoul of the government.

Last year, the paper was suspended over a series about the policies of President Omar el-Bashir. It was suspended again in May because of an article that reported that 95 soldiers were involved in a failed coup attempt.

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