Al Jareeda is the most recent arrival on the press scene to date. It was established in 2011 by Awad Mohamed Awad Yusif, a Sudanese businessman who returned to the country recently from Spain. The paper became a refuge for journalists from Ajras Al Hurriya, the publication of the Northern Sector of the SPLM banned upon the secession of South Sudan, and Ray Al Shaab, the temporarily banned organ of the PCP. The paper had a series of confrontations with the authorities, the National Intelligence and Security Service ordered the closure of the publication. It returned to print last February with Osman Shinger as its editor-in-chief. He had begun his journalistic career as editor of Al Ayaam’s culture pages and then became the editor-in-chief of the Khartoum edition of the English-speaking, Juba-based The Citizen during the interim period of the CPA. Aiming to attract a younger readership, the paper champions the theme of democratic freedoms and campaigns for a peaceful resolution of the conflicts in South Kordofan and the Blue Nile and the confrontation with South Sudan. It remains to be seen whether it can sustain this editorial line and remain afloat financially. It contains practically no advertisements from business and the government.
Source: The Sudanese press after separation – Contested identities of journalism. MICT 2012, Page 36.
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