Sudan ranks on the 139th position in Reporters Without Borders’ Worldwide Press Freedom Index. The media situation in Sudan is characterized as a “difficult situation.” Authorities routinely crack down on independent media and journalists are often subject to verbal and physical harassment by security forces and other armed groups.
The annual World Press Freedom by the International Press Institute observes that “commitments made with the signing of a peace agreement and the creation of a new constitution in July 2005 to repeal emergency laws and support a greater degree of press freedom were repeatedly broken throughout the year. The government enacted repressive censorship measures to limit coverage of the troubled Darfur region and to silence voices critical of its handling of the crisis. Fifteen journalists were arrested, including two foreign reporters who were held in detention for more than a month. Security forces carried out numerous acts of censorship and regular inspections of newspaper offices and printing presses. Journalists were intimidated, and in some cases, severely beaten in retaliation for critical reporting. The repressive measures employed by the state have had some effect. Little coverage of the human rights atrocities occurring in the country are reported in the national media and self-censorship, particularly on issues of corruption and religion, is often the norm.