Egyptian journalist deported from Sudan


Sudan President Omar al-Bashir addresses troops during his visit to Sudan's main petroleum center of Heglig on April 23, 2012 after the South Sudan withdrew. Bashir said there will be no more talks with South Sudan and called the South Sudanese "insects".


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Sudan deported Salma El Wardany, 25, an Egyptian correspondent for Bloomberg News based in Khartoum.

The National Security and Intelligence Services (NISS) on Tuesday deported Wardany and briefly detained prominent Sudanese blogger Maha El Sanousi, reported the Sudan Tribune. The pair had already been arrested and interrogated together for several hours Thursday while covering student protests at Khartoum University.

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Wardany was only informed that her application to renew her media accreditation, which was withdrawn during her earlier arrest, was rejected when she went to the Sudanese press center, according to Ahram Online.

"She was told to renew her accreditation at the security office in Khartoum," said her sister and Ahram Online reporter Lina El-Wardani. "When she went to the security office on Monday, Salma was told she could resume working provided she did not cover any more protests."

The New York Times reported that Wardany was initially denied permission to pack before leaving. She was later allowed to collect her things, but only under guard.

This isn't the first time Sudan's authorities have attempted to put a stop to protest movements, according to the Times. In 2009, a pro-government newspaper called protesters "homosexuals and whores."