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.
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