Press in Sudan

Models, regulatory frameworks, and development

Authored by: Mohamed Elamin Musa

Routledge Handbook on Arab Media

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138385481
eBook ISBN: 9780429427084
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This chapter explores the press in Sudan in terms of history, regulations, freedom, economics, political roles, and prospects. The press in Sudan has suffered from restricted freedom of expression created by nationalization, suspension, marginalization, and censorship. It has also been negatively affected by financial challenges with the declining readership and the rise of new media that provide readers with free content. Over the last three decades, the press in Sudan has been characterized by inconsistent regulations. Following the December 2019 uprising, there have been hopes for genuine journalism in Sudan to develop. Generally, the press in Sudan continues to suffer from a lack of freedoms coupled with poor professional standards. The future of the Sudanese press depends on a social dialogue regarding the role of the press and a compromise between actors to enable the press to become the cornerstone to consolidate democratic values and assist Sudan on its developmental path.

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