The Council of Ministers approves the draft of press law and press publications (amendment) for the year 2018

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The Council of Ministers approves the draft of press law and press publications (amendment) for the year 2018

The Council of Ministers held its regular meeting on Thursday 21/June/2018 under the chairmanship of the First Vice President of the Republic, Prime Minister, First let,Gen Bakri Hassan Saleh. The Council devoted its meeting today to deliberation on the draft press law and press releases (amendment) of 2018 presented by Dr. Ahmed Bilal Osman, In the presence and wide participation of the General Union of Sudanese Journalists and the National Council for Press and Publications and editors of newspapers and columnists in the national newspapers and the general features of the amendment in the following:

To amend the interpretation of the word "newspaper" to accommodate the electronic press and amend the text of Article (5) to ensure freedom of expression, thought, knowledge, communication and access to information, and add to the jurisdiction of the Press and Publications Council. The President of the Republic shall appoint a full-time president and vice-president and amend article (23) specifying the conditions to be met by the journalist and the editor-in-chief by raising the age of the editor from 35 to 40 years, raising the period of experience from ten to fifteen years and canceling Article (3) Authorizes the magazine The authority to exclude the candidate for the presidency of the newspaper from the requirement of experience and university qualification and amend Article 33, which empowers the Council to impose sanctions on legal and natural persons by adding new powers to ensure the Council to stop the journalist from writing for the period it deems appropriate and withdraw the provisional license and amend Article 39 by adding a paragraph empowering the Council to determine the controls Advertising is organized in newspapers.

The General Union of Sudanese Journalists, the National Council for Press and Publications, the editors of the newspapers and the columnists participated extensively. The remarks focused on freedom, responsibility and the role of the press in protecting the homeland and society in other countries.
The circulation included the need to prepare a law regulating the entire media (read and visual and audio). The trading included the challenges facing the paper press in terms of the high prices of production inputs and ways of supporting them to continue in the performance of its mission.

The draft law was passed with guidance to accommodate the amendments submitted by the committee, which was previously assigned by the Council of Ministers, the outputs of the national dialogue and the recommendations of the dialogue conference on media issues.