Open season on journalists

Sudan’s journalists and media are among the leading victims of the regime’s crackdown on the big anti-government protests that began on 19 December 2018. Around 100 journalists have been arrested and the intelligence services have been silencing the most critical newspapers almost every day. This persecution of the media, which is unprecedented in scale, was preceded by a wave of harassment during protests in early 2018. Headed by Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, Sudan’s regime is exceptionally hostile to press freedom, resorting to harassment, censorship, seizures, closures and Internet cuts. The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) uses the most brutal methods to gag the media and silence dissent, shutting down independent and opposition newspapers such as Al-Tayar, Al-Jareeda, Al-Midan and Al-Watan, or confiscating entire issues as they come off the press. In response to the censorship, the print media have been turning to social networks to circulate the stories they want to publish.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



174 in 2018

Global score


71.13 in 2018


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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