Journalists attend a meeting with Adil al-Baz, editor of online newspaper Al-Ahdath News, at his office in downtown Khartoum on December 11, 2017. AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY
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In a country of increasing media censorship, Baz is among several independent journalists who have left newspaper jobs and launched online papers or websites.After working in Qatar for four years, Baz returned to Sudan last year to launch Al-Ahdath that now employs nine journalists.The online journal has since run several stories criticizing government policies, which he says would have been difficult to report in his print newspaper.Curbs on press freedom are expected to grow if the cabinet approves a new press law under which Sudan's press council would be authorized to ban a newspaper for 15 days without any court order.Sudan's existing press law requires the council to file for a court order if it wants to ban a newspaper for any longer than three days.Sheikh also said that some of the new online newspapers had their registered offices overseas, making them harder to target.
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