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Alwan Newspaper

Established: 1985

Circulation: 1,000-10.000 (NPC Dec. 2012)

Political Affiliation: National Islamic Front (NIF)

Editor–in-Chief: Hussein Khogali

Background

Alwan is probably the NIF’s lasting contribution to the Sudanese press. It was established in 1985 by Hussein Khojali, who is viewed as the Islamic Movement’s star journalist. The paper was a training ground for a generation of NIF-loyal journalists and writers who went on to forge independent careers elsewhere. These included Osman Mirghani, editor-in-chief of Al Tayar, Al Hindi Izz Al Din, editor-in-chief of Al Ahram Al Youm, and Ishag Ahmed Fadlalla, a notorious Al Intibaha columnist.

Unlike the majority of the NIF’s jour- nalists, Khojali supported Hassan Al Turabi and his faction during the NCP’s 1998/1999 split and never severed his ties to the camp thereafter.

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Front page of Alwan, December 11, 2011 (TMCT)

It is believed that President Al Bashir himself ordered the closure of the publication during this time, in association with the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) attack on Omdurman in 2008, and soon after the killing of the JEM leader, Khalil Ibrahim. In three instances, the paper was punished for publishing views sympathetic with Turabi and his JEM disciples from an Islamist perspective. With the help of his standing in the Islamic Movement, Khojali always managed to get the paper back in print through a combination of petitions and pledges of good behaviour.

When the paper was republished after its most recent closure, Khojali wrote a lengthy editorial promising to avoid writing about state security. The paper’s focus shifted to corruption cases and publishes frequent articles lamenting the passing of the Islamic Movement’s golden age. Hussein Khojali remains Alwan’s owner and editor-in-chief.

Source: The Sudanese press after separation – Contested identities of journalism. MICT 2012, Page 38.

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The Sudanese press after separation – Contested identities of journalism - MICT 2012



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