ACJPS: Sudan Restricts Freedom of Expression

(October 2018) The proposed amendments of the Media and publication law extends restrictions to online media.

On 21 June 2018, Sudanese Ministers Council passed the proposed amendments of the 2009 media and publication law indoors. This makes it easy for the national assembly to pass it since the ruling party (National Congress party) has the majority of members in the Sudanese Parliament.

The amendment focuses on the following areas;

According to article 4 of the law, the media and publication council is granted jurisdiction over newspapers. Under Article 9, the power of the council to approve the licence of online newspapers is extended to include the online media.