The government of Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has responded to almost two years of protests and demonstrations with "arbitrary arrests, detention and torture," according to the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, reports the Sudan Tribune. The popular uprisings began in January 2011 as part of the "Arab Spring" that toppled governments in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen.
Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Services are reportedly blocking "online access to popular electronic newspapers and websites" and "confiscat[ing] printed materials"—including hundreds of copies of a pro-gay novel. Sudan is one of four African nations that boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity.
On 7 October the NISS confiscated two thousand books written by Abdal Aziz Baraka Sakin from the 8th International Book Fair held in Khartoum. The International Book Fair was held from 6 - 18 October 2012. Mr. Baraka is an emerging young Sudanese writer whose work focuses on diversity in Sudanese life and culture, particularly illuminating the daily lives of marginalised and hidden groups in Sudan. His novel Algango Masamir Alardh discusses Sudan’s gay community. Other work addresses the plight of street children.
On the morning of 7 October, a large security presence was noticed at the Book Fair.  books by Mr. Baraka were confiscated later in the day [including] 400 copies of Algango Masamir Alardh (“Nails on the Ground”), 300 copies of Maseeh Darfur (“Jesus of Darfur”), 450 copies of Memory of the Alkhandaris, 250 copies of Women from Kampo Khadis...
The 49-year-old Sakin says he "fears for his life" and talks more about the censorship in an interview. All his books have been published in Egypt or Syria. The Guardian reported on the confiscation of Sakin's books last fall—but did not detail the content or storylines. More about the Sudan revolts at Al Jazeera.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague has charged President Omar al-Bashir with genocide and war crimes. So far, at least 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2.5 million displaced in the civil war between the Khartoum government and Darfur provinces.
In August 2012, cyber activists attacked government websites across Africa to protest anti-LGBT laws that discriminate, imprison or even condemn gays and lesbians to death. Sudan's virtual nertworks suffered the most damage. Sudan is one of four African nations that boast the death penalty for gays or same-sex activity. The other three are Mauritania, Nigeria and Somalia. At least 37 of Africa's 54 nations criminalize same-sex activity.