New York Times blogger Robert Mackey reports: “Sudan deported [Salma El Wardany,] an Egyptian journalist[,] and briefly detained [Maha El-Sanosi,] another prominent blogger[,] on Tuesday, as the authorities attempted to stifle a protest movement that started last week.” While stranded in the Khartoum airport Wardany describes how she had been ordered to leave the Sudanese Capital. In addition to her deportation, she was supervised by a soldier as she packed her personal belongings. Various tweets were sent out in solidarity with Salma, particularly by her sister Lina Wardany. Even though she was treated like a criminal for doing her job, Wardany has refused to keep silent. Mackey describes the details of the deported journalist’s advocacy including her use of Twitter and Youtube, which ”have helped to expand the protest movement to several cities.”
Sanosi, a leader in the Sudanese student protests, was not only arrested but ordered to cut all ties with Wardany. Despite those orders, Sanosi reported on Twitter that she would go to the airport to say goodbye anyway. As punishment, the Sudanese Government took away all of her electronic devices and arrested her again. Luckily, she was released, but her belongings were not returned. Sanosi writes on Twitter: “They will never break me. Thanks for the support. I am okay.”
The Sudanese Government is aware and fearful of the impact the Internet will bring to the worldwide protest organized for June 30th. Activists and bloggers have been censured and watched carefully, but that has not stopped the young, energetic voices that have echoed over the digital landscape.
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