Follow the news on Sudan News April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation SudanAfrica News to go further Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa SudanAfrica News April 6, 2020 Find out more Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal March 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seizure of a daily Receive email alerts News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent On 9 March the Sudanese authorities confiscated the print-runs of the daily Khartoum Monitor, even before it was circulated.’We denounce this constant policy of harassment against independent newspapers. Summons, veiled threats, seizures-such has been the lot, for too long now, of this press which consequently incurs huge financial losses. We call on the Sudanese authorities to put an end to these practices’, said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders.On 9 March the Sudanese authorities confiscated the English-language daily the Khartoum Monitor at the newspaper printworks. The same day, in the afternoon, Nhial Bol, the editor of the daily, was summoned by the security services. The following day, the latter declared that this censure was due to an article mentioning that the history of Islam in Sudan had not always been peaceful. Nhial Bol told Reporters Without Borders: ‘The aim of this type of confiscation was to make the newspaper incur financial difficulties’ RSF_en Help by sharing this information March 29, 2020 Find out more
iStock/Joerg Drescher (NEW YORK) — Despite there being fewer cars on the road thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, state highway safety officials across the country are reporting a “severe spike” in speeding, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).In New York City and San Fransisco, road traffic is down over 60%, according to transportation analytics company INRIX.GHSA says the emptier streets may be encouraging drivers to engage in more reckless behaviors.On March 27, New York City’s automated speed cameras issued 24,765 speeding tickets — almost double the amount of speeding tickets the city issued daily the month prior. In some streets in Los Angeles, drivers are speeding as much as 30% more.“Now that the streets are empty, the Fast & Furious wannabes really think they’re living in a video game,” New York City Councilman Justin Brannan tweeted. “The sounds of cars and motorcycles racing on the Belt Parkway in Bay Ridge have become a scary lullaby.”Some states are reporting fewer crashes, but more serious ones. In Massachusetts, the fatality rate for car crashes is rising. In Minnesota, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities have more than doubled compared to the same time period in previous years. Half of the fatalities in Minnesota were connected to speeding or careless driving.The nonprofit association that represents the nation’s highway safety offices says being a safe driver is more important than ever during the novel coronavirus outbreak because emergency rooms in many areas are at capacity.“The last thing they need is additional strain from traffic crash victims,” GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins said.The number of pedestrians and bikes on city streets has also increased exponentially as a result of the decline in traffic, according to GHSA, which reinforces the need for drivers to follow traffic safety laws.In Nevada and Rhode Island, state officials are reporting a rise in pedestrian fatalities.“During the past two months, Americans nationwide have shown that we are all willing to do the right thing to protect ourselves and each other,” Pam Shadel Fischer, GHSA’s Senior Director of External Engagement and Special Projects said. “We must maintain that same sense of urgency when it comes to the road.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.