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PulseWire Member Naglaa Seed Ahmed Brutally Beaten by Sudanese Forces

Press Release: April 9, 2012

Sudan riot police beat PulseWire member covering funeral of assassinated Darfuri student activist

Portland, Oregon— A Sudanese woman activist and citizen journalist was beaten by riot police on April 4 in Khartoum as she was covering the funeral of a recently assassinated Darfuri university student and opposition activist. The PulseWire member and World Pulse author Naglaa Seed Ahmed was near the back of a procession of funeral mourners when riot police attacked around 1:00 PM (Sudan local time). Police fired tear gas and moved in to disperse the crowd before it reached the cemetery, according to witnesses and press accounts.

Two members of the riot squad chased citizen journalist Seed Ahmed with rubber hoses, according to witnesses. The citizen journalist, who is a young woman, took refuge in a telephone booth, but the riot squad police forced their way in and began beating her. She suffered injuries to her left shoulder and arm. (See photo.)

"As a tireless voice for women's freedom of expression and human rights in Sudan, World Pulse is gravely concerned about the recent brutal attacks on Naglaa Seed Ahmed’s life while covering an important story. We must shine a spotlight on her case so that her stories can break through the silence and awaken the world to the threats brave women face daily in modern-day Sudan," said Jensine Larsen, CEO of World Pulse, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon. Seed Ahmed has been an active blogger and correspondent for the organization.

In 2011, Seed Ahmed published her story on WorldPulse.com, detailing her violent arrest, along with 45 other women and four men, during a peaceful protest. The story included powerful video footage of women protesting from within the jail's walls.

Lately, she had been targeted by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). Two months ago, they chased her, then raided her house when her husband was away, interrogated her, and confiscated four cameras, seven flash drives, three laptops, and a desktop PC.

Yesterday, a woman left a threatening message on Seed Ahmed’s Facebook page warning her that "this time it was a hose, but expect the worst next time."

Seed Ahmed, who is considered one of the most active Sudanese citizen journalists, has been documenting the situation in Sudan using camera and video equipment since 2009. She has since posted thousands of videos and photos on YouTube and other websites, documenting corruption, injustice, and poverty in the region. Her activity and commitment have drawn the attention of local and international media.

The citizen journalist was covering the funeral of Abdel Hakim Isa, a student from the Darfur region of Sudan who was studying at Omdurman Islamic University, West of Khartoum when she was beaten. Hakim was affiliated with the Darfur rebel group Sudan Liberation Movement, according to the Sudan Tribune. He died two days before from head injuries, according to an autopsy report cited by the Sudan Tribune. Hakim's family had previously been informed that he had died in a road accident, reported the Sudan Tribune.

For more information, please contact

World Pulse
ATTN: Jensine Larsen
T. 503-331-3900
editor@worldpulse.com

Comments

Nakinti's picture

OMG!

I am so sorry Naglaa.
I can feel your pain right here in Cameroon.
I can imagine the harm that punches from able men could do to a tender woman like you.
We need to sound the whistle loud enough for the world/international community to hear.
Perpetrators must be prosecuted and punished.
Sorry dear. Take that as a strength and not a weakness.
We are all praying for you.
Lots of Love,
Nakinti,
Cameroon.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

irene madara's picture

sorry

It is so sad to read about the tribulations of a journalist..what they all go through just to get a story covered....they are our unsung heroes.Sudan has been a country filled with waves of violence our prayer is that all this should come to an end and that they should find stability as a nation and live in peace and focus on development and growth....my prayer go to Naglaa and we wish her all the best...keep the fire burning

busayo's picture

So Sorry!

Wishing Naglaa quick recovery! I pray that God will continue to keep her and her family safe.

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

Stella Paul's picture

I condemn!

A free press is the key to having true power to the people. Attack on a journalist - no matter whether she/he is from citizen or mainstream or community media - is attacking democracy. I condemn this and wish speedy recovery to Naglaa!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Leina's picture

This is painful!

This article has brought tears to my eyes.Why should other humans treat others with such cruelty?Why should someone be persecuted for doing her job?I feel the pain of this woman so much.Let all journalists rise in solidarity against such malfeasance.I am so full of pain and fright when I see this,I love my continent Africa and desperately wish for a change.I want all journalists to be free to do their job without fear of the unknown.Take courage dear sister we are with you through all this!You are in our prayers!

Love
Leina

tina armstrong-ogbonna's picture

They can't silence us

My heart goes to her and other peopleall over the world who are been subdue and suppress by the power that be. I have a dream that justice and freedom shall be allowed to reign over wickedness and injustice, where our voice shall be a tool for a better society.

Hummingbird's picture

My thoughts with you Naglaa

I am so sorry Naglaa, please take care of yourself. I am also so sorry for the death of the young activist, as if it is common these days to kill young activists in the world just because they want change and a better future. Security forces and governments went mad.

You are so brave and you have all my support and respect.

A drop of rain can revive the earth, be the drop.

Hummingbird

Sanjay Dixit's picture

Classify Police Atrocities

Classified Police Atrocities (CPA). Police atrocities have to be documented and classified. police Authorities have to be told that these, such and such are CPA's and if committed will draw appropriate action, even legal action. From: Mr Sanjay Dixit,Mumbai,India

sanjay r. dixit

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