February 28, 2009 / 11:32 AM / 11 years ago

British-Tunisian journalist held in Sudan

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese police have detained a British-Tunisian journalist for breaking immigration rules and engaging in “activities not covered by his mandate,” Sudanese authorities said Saturday.

A spokesman for Sudan’s security services said Zuhair Latif had entered Sudan legally but subsequently violated immigration regulations.

He added Latif had “performed activities not covered by his mandate” but declined to give details and did not specify when he was arrested.

Authorities were considering whether to press charges against Latif or deport him, and could make a decision within the next few days, the spokesman said.

He gave no further details about Latif and no one from the British embassy could be reached for comment.

Sudan expelled a Canadian-Egyptian reporter in February for reporting on the country’s Darfur crisis and arms industry.

Freedom of the press is guaranteed in Sudan’s constitution. However, local journalists regularly complain of censorship, the detention of reporters and the seizure of newspaper print runs.

Reporting by Aziz El-Kaissouni; editing by Andrew Dobbie

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