Targeted by the intelligence service

Although indicted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, President Omar al-Bashir secured another term in an April 2016 election marked by harassment of the media, censorship, confiscation of newspaper issues, media closures, and Internet cuts. The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) hounds journalists and censors the print media by closing down newspapers such as Al-Tayar, Al-Jareeda and Al-Watan, or by confiscating entire issues as they come off the press. The authority of the NISS was reinforced by a January 2015 amendment to the 2005 constitution granting it powers equivalent to those of the army.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



174 in 2016

Global score


72.53 in 2016


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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