The National Council for Press and Journalistic Publications
The National Council for Press and Journalistic Publications
The position of press and publications was documented for the first time when the Intelligence Official established the Press and Publications Section as a branch of the Liaison Office.
In 1903 the first Act of Press and Publication was issued to organize the press and publications work within the security work, the implementation of such Act was entrusted to the then British Civil Service Secretary.
In 1965, the Section transferred to a committee under the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior with the following functions:
– To give license of issuing publications and bulletins.
– To offer license of establishing the local news agencies.
– To give license of installing printing presses.
– To follow up and to ban the incoming publications into Sudan.
The committee maintained its work up to 1973, when a new Press and Publication Act was enacted under which the Minister of Culture and Information had the authority of supervision and implementation of the Act.
The Act also stipulated the formation of Press and Publication Council with presidential decree, in addition to outline its functions.
The first Press and Publications Council was formed in July 1973 under the chairmanship of the Minister of Culture and Information, and the membership of the Minister of Interior and others.
In July 1983, the first post of Press and Publications Council Secretary- General was created within the Ministry of Culture and Information Administrative Structure, the council’s secretary- General functions are: the executive work, implementation of the “Audio and Visual Records Control Act” in 1984.
The Act of the Arts and Letters was amended, under which the functions of controlling the audio- visual records went to the Arts Letters Books Council.
In 1993, Press and Publications Act, as one of the Peace’s Issues Dialogue Conference, was issued to create the “National Press Council” as independent legal person under the President of the Republic’s patronage, and had been named “the National Council for Press& Publications” . The Council consisted of 21 members, including chairman and secretary- general of the Council. In 1996, the Press& Publications Act was enacted.
1- To outline press general policies based on society’s values, constitution’s general guidelines and the State’s strategies.
2- To promote both journalism and journalists so as to achieve the best press’s performance for the newspaper’s readers.
3- To supervise the performance of the press institutions, and publishing houses, together with the printing presses, press centers, and news agencies, in addition to following up its professional performance.
4- To train the journalists in collaboration with the journalistic institutions.
5- To make the requirement of press and printing press available and to solve its problems.
6- To guarantee the minimum wages for both journalists and the personnel of the journalistic institutions.
7- To cooperate and exchange experiences with the similar councils abroad.
8- To take legal measures against the newspapers and the printing presses which he contradict the legislation.
The Council’s functions:
To implement its functions stipulated in article (8) of its Act, the council shall have the following authorities:
- To grant the license to the journalistic institutions, newspapers, printing presses, publishing and distribution houses, and press’s services centers.
- To prepare the journalists’ record, hold the examination of entering the press work, and awarding the necessary certificate for practicing press work.
- To suspend any newspaper which violate any license’s terms.
- To share the Journalists Union the responsibility of taking legal actions against journalists, in accordance with Press and Publications Act for 2004 and the Press Union Statute.
- To make sure that the journalistic institutions abide by the Press & Publications Act for 2004, and the Council has the right to request such institutions to submit its performance reports to it.
- To provide the necessary, and possible aid for steering the journalistic institutions’ work.
- To form, ad hoc committees, and organize its work.
- Without prejudice to the Ministry of Information’s functions, the Council shall, accredit the satellite channels, radios, news agencies correspondents, and their offices, and prepares a record for them.
- To consider the complaints of publishing’s crimes, and it has the right to suspend the newspaper during the consideration of the complaint.
- To contribute in solving the conflicts among the journalists without prejudice to the authorities stated in the General Journalists Union statute.
- To establish secretariat- general for the Council, and to recruit its staff.
- The Council can delegate its powers to both, its chairman and secretary- General, provided that they should submit their decisions to the Council’s members for either approval or refusal.
- To carry out penalties stated in Press and Publications Act.
- To verify the extent of newspapers publications spreading.
- To delegate any of its powers to any concerned bodies in the States.
The Council’s financial resources are as follows:-
- The annual government support for the council.
- The fees of newspapers, and printing press renewal’s licenses.
- Donation and aids.
- Any other financial resources agreed upon by the Council
1-The Foreign Press:
The foreign press means the newspapers which come from abroad in comparison to the local newspapers.
2-The Political Parties’ Newspapers:
It means the newspapers which issued by the political parties.
3-The Independent Newspapers:
It means the non-governmental and non-parties newspapers.
4-The Governmental Newspapers:
It means the newspapers which are the mouthpiece of the government.
5-The Sudanese Newspapers abroad:
It means the newspapers which issues abroad.
6-The Regional Newspapers:
It means the newspapers which issues in the Sudan’s States
There are also the specialized newspapers which serve institutions and groups in fields of arts, economy ….etc.
Address: Khartoum-east to Osman Digna Street – bordering Food &Agriculture Organization (F.A.O).
Tel: 779816 -79411
Postal code: 11111