Bloomberg correspondent Salma el-Wardany who was detained for several hours last week by Sudanese authorities has been deported on Tuesday. Her sister and journalist Lina El Wardany says el-Wardany was given the option to stay in Sudan and stop her coverage of the protests or to be deported. Lina El Wardany wrote on her Twitter account that her sister had to pack in presence of security officers. According to Sudanese activist "Minz", the Egyptian journalist was taken to Khartoum International Airport surrounded by 8 National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) officers and one embassy representative. According to reports the Bloomberg correspondent was not allowed to talk or tweet and was kept in an office until boarding. Salma el-Wardany is an Egyptian journalist who has been covering the protests in the Sudanese capital. She was arrested last Thursday morning near the University of Khartoum along with activist "Mimz". Since her release, el-Wardany was reportedly held under house arrest. Last week, an AFP correspondent was arrested by security forces after talking to students and taking pictures at the university. He remained in custody for more than 12 hours without charge. Sudanese have been protesting for more than a week against planned government spending cuts and spiralling living costs, calling for an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule. Although demonstrations began with students, the movement has gained momentum on Friday with serious demonstrations erupting throughout the Sudanese capital in neighbourhoods as well as in other key towns such as Al-Obaiyd in the state of North Kordofan, Madani, capital of Al-Jazzera state, and Port Sudan in the east. On Monday, Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir tried to downplay the movement and described the protesters as "bubbles" before adding that Sudanese demonstrations were different from the series of protests that swept across the Middle East and North Africa.
Bloomberg correspondent deported after covering Sudan protests