Sudanese authorities released Bloomberg correspondent Salma el-Wardany after several hours in detention. Salma el-Wardany is an Egyptian journalist who has been covering the protests in Khartoum. She was arrested on Thursday morning near the University of Khartoum along with Sudanese activist "Mimz" who was released shortly before el-Wardany. As soon as she was released Mimz tweeted : One of el-Wardany's colleague at Bloomberg, Alaa Shahine, announced her release. "Just spoke to her now..she just got out and she is well", Shahine said. According to her sister, el-Wardany was released under the condition that she stays home until Sudanese authorities decide whether to deport her or not. On Tuesday 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. Khartoum students have been protesting for five days against planned government spending cuts and spiralling living costs, calling for an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule. On Monday, al-Bashir told government that he would seek a raft of austerity measures including reducing the number of civil servants, phasing out fuel subsidies, and raising taxes on consumer goods, banks and imports. On Tuesday morning, the Sudanese government announced the approval of the fuel subsidy cuts, which prompted protests in Khartoum, Omdurman and in the South Sudanese capital Juba.
Sudan frees Bloomberg correspondent after hours in detention