Sudan frees editor who criticised ruler Bashir

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 on 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 February 22.

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

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