Before the 1989 coup, Sudan had a lively press, with most political
parties publishing a variety of periodicals. In Khartoum, twenty-two
daily papers were published, nineteen in Arabic and three in English.
Altogether, the country had fiftyfive daily or weekly newspapers
and magazines. The RCC-NS banned all these papers and dismissed
more than 1,000 journalists. At least fifteen journalists, including
the director of the Sudan News Agency and the editor of the monthly
Sudanow, were arrested after the coup. Since coming to
power, the RCC-NS has authorized the publication of only a few
papers and periodicals, all of which were published by the military
or government agencies and edited by official censors. The leading
daily in 1991 was Al Inqadh al Watani (National Salvation).
Data as of June 1991