Via Times of Israel:

Armed men raided the offices of a Sudanese newspaper on Saturday evening and severely beat the chief editor who had called for normalization of ties with Israel, a colleague said.

The violence against Osman Mirghani, chief editor of the Al-Tayar daily, was an unusual physical attack against a journalist in Sudan, although reporters regularly complain of censorship by the National Intelligence and Security Service.

Mirghani was admitted to Al-Zaytouna Hospital in downtown Khartoum after “they just started beating him in his head, in his leg, using the guns and the sticks,” Faisal Mohamed Salih, an award-winning Sudanese journalist and press freedom advocate, told AFP.

Ibrahim Ghandour, top assistant to President Omar al-Bashir, visited Mirghani and told journalists that the editor was unconscious, Salih said.

Speaking from the hospital and citing information from Al-Tayar reporters, Salih said about seven gunmen drove up to the newspaper’s office just before the evening iftar meal when Muslims break their fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

“They ordered the journalists to lay down. They collected all the mobile phones and the laptops. They cut all the computer connections,” before turning on Mirghani in his office, said Salih, who won the 2013 Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism.

“The way they behaved, they were very organized.”

The attack occurred just a few days after Mirghani called on local television for Islamist Sudan to normalize relations with Israel, Salih said.

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