Sudan frees detained editor who criticized ruler al-Bashir

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2011 file photo, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends the funeral of Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In a report issued Tuesday, March 27, 2019, New York-based Human Rights Watch described al-Bashir as a "fugitive from international justice" because he is wanted by the International Criminal Court for charges of genocide linked to the Darfur conflict. The rights group urged Tunisia to either "bar or arrest" Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he tries to attend an Arab League summit this weekend. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

CAIRO — A Sudanese newspaper is reporting that its chief editor has been freed after a month in detention for speaking out against President Omar al-Bashir's state of emergency declaration.

Al-Tayar independent newspaper wrote on its Facebook page Friday that Osman Mirghani has been released from detention.

Reporters Without Borders said Mirghani was "clearly paying for his criticism" of the state of emergency declared Feb. 22.

Sudan has been rocked by near daily protests since mid-December against the longtime ruler al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur.

Al-Bashir's government has met the protests with a heavy-handed crackdown and last month declared a state of emergency.

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