Sudan suspends leading newspaper, accuses owner of spreading 'false news,' undermining state

The owner of a leading Sudanese newspaper says authorities suspended his paper and charged him with spreading "false news" and undermining the state.

It's the latest in the ongoing crackdown on press freedom in the African country.

Othman al-Marghani, the owner and editor-in-chief of daily al-Tayar, says he is due in court next week, along with journalist Ahmed Youssef al-Tay, the editor-in-chief of another paper whop is facing the same charges. Al-Marghani spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Under Sudanese law, such charges can carry the death penalty, life imprisonment, a fine or confiscation of a defendant's entire property. However, journalists convicted of the charges are usually fined or jailed.

Al-Tayar, which recently ran articles criticizing the government's subsidy policy, has already been temporarily shut down 15 times in 2015.