Regulatory authorities

There are systemic watchdog policies enforced by the National Intelligence Security Service (NISS) which severely hinder the freedom of press and force many publishers and editors to impose self-censorship approaches to avoid financial losses. For example, the owner of the Sudani Newspaper sold the paper to a government supporter after the paper was confiscated many times. Most media practitioners describe the laws as unfair in that they target journalists and criminalise reporting that critical of the government. Journalists with political colour have been imprisoned many times for their content and have been accused of various national security violations.