Accountability systems

The main regulator of media practice in the country is supposed to be the Press and Publication Council which leads the process of the drafting new laws and documenting all media work. However, during the ruling of the current government, four laws enacted in 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2009 were passed to enhance the regulation of the media in Sudan. The last legislation was introduced in 2009 abolishing the 2005 Act which was adopted during the Interim National Constitution as part of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Khartoum government and the then insurgent Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). The 2009 Act has increased the security control over the press and calls for maintaining close surveillance over all the publications to be assured that all printed materials do not contradict the government messages.