Sudan: 105 Journalists, media workers to be dismissed by August 31

More than 100 workers employed by the Tayba media group are to lose their jobs by the end of August following a decision of the government-appointed administrator.

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The media company is caught up in a row over payments made by the country’s former leader to support the networks and this latest decision comes eight months after the Disempowerment Committee, tasked with the removal of employees and affiliates of the former regime, decided to shut down Tayba Channel television and Tayba radio station and seized its headquarters in Khartoum on 7 January, 2020.

The Government Officer appointed by the Disempowerment Committee as Administrative Supervisor of Tayba Satellite Channel and Tayba Radio, Amher Abu Ai – Jokh, has issued a declaration to dimiss 105 journalists and media workers by August 31.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate, the Sudanese Journalists Union (SJU) in calling for action to save jobs and ensure workers’ rights are respected.

IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said that the unilateral decision taken by Amber Abu Ai Jokh violates the labour rights of the workers as protocols demand that the workers or their representatives should have been consulted.

The IFJ called on the President of the Sovereignty Council and the Prime Minister to intervene and put a halt to this arbitrary decision and to respect the labour rights of workers as well as to guarantee the safety and security of journalists and media workers in Sudan.

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