ICC NOTE: SPLM has sued an Islamist newspaper for promoting religious and racial hatred against the party in the country
Sudan s SPLM sues Islamist daily for promoting hatred
25 November 2006
( KHARTOUM ) Sudanese former rebel SPLM has sued an Islamist newspaper for promoting religious and racial hatred against the party in the country, a party official said.
The Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement has said that it filed a case against the Arabic daily newspaper Al-Intibaha yesterday, accusing the paper of reporting stories that mobilize the public against the movement by promoting religious and racial sentiments to create sedition, SPLM secretary in Khartoum Paul Deng said in a press conference on Tuesday 22 November.
Deng told the Juba post that such sentiments would not help maintain the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, (CPA) pointing out that the newspaper is printing letters written by individuals from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), which express opinions that conflict with the Interim National Constitution.
He appealed to the NCPs leaders to stop making comments in the paper if they want their partnership with the SPLM to continue.
SPLM commander and Yassir Jaffar, a member of the security and defense committee in the national assembly, said that Al-Intibaha is trying to create a media war between the SPLM and the NCP to sabotage both the CPA and the Darfur Peace Agreement.
He stated that a movement opposed to the Government of National Unity was behind the paper.
The paper previously reported that the SPLM office in Amarat was plotting to carry out attacks on the police in Jabal Awlia.