I can hardly believe that Sudan Vision has completed nine years and entered its tenth year! The first day of Sudan Vision for me is just like yesterday, I can remember the details very well, Saif Al-Deen Al-Bashir, the Editor-in-Chief in his humble office in the first premises in Khartoum-2 before moving to the new one. The new office is still humble and Saif is still very hospitable and quiet, the heavy load did not break his back, he is really a person you can agree or disagree with him but you always enjoy very nice discussions with him. We, as Sudanese journalists know very well how much this job is extremely tiring. The community is very sensitive and conservative, the political powers are very alert to their rights, and all legal and ethical burdens will be upon the head of the newspaper. The press industry in Sudan is not easy at all; the board of Sudan Vision and the managing staff headed by Abu Obaida Fadlallah, the General Manager suffer a lot to secure daily printing and other obligations. The journalists, translators, proofreaders, designers, the secretary sister Lilly, and the Managing Editor Muawad Mustafa, really they are portraying the daily issue in team work spirit.
Congratulations for Sudan Vision, not just for entering the tenth year, but for being the survivor among English media in Sudan. Now, Sudan Vision is the only English newspaper in Sudan, all others stopped for different reasons. Before that it was the only English daily among all of them with active website. Other daily news websites are SMC and SUNA websites. No English daily during past ten year (or may be before) succeeded in running an active and daily-updated website.
In Sudan there are nearly 10 TV Channels: the National TV, Blue Nile TV, Goon TV, Omdurman, Taiba tv, Al-Shuroq TV, Zoal TV, Khartoum TV, Harmony and Sahour. There are more than 50 dailies; political, social affairs or sports. There are 25 radios. There are hundreds of websites. But none of them is an English Media house, just Sudan Vision Daily and the Citizen (temporary suspended for economic reasons). The websites of SUNA and SMC provide readers and internet explorers with good English service but Sudan Vision is unique with its opinions, columns and interviews!
The criticism is that Sudan has no English TV channel, in the same time Sudan is the only topic for a considerable number of International Media houses. Some of them when they want to deal with an African model of conflict or civil unrest; they just count on Sudan and lately the "two Sudans"! The competition is exclusively with Somalia and two or three countries from western Africa. Sudan Vision gives readers the complete picture of Sudan; a booming and peaceful country in spite of the negative and unfair campaigns.
Sudan Vision was\is the only source of truth and constructive opinions for the past nine years. Congratulations for Sudan Vision, Congratulations for Saif Al-Deen Al-Bashir, Muawad Mustafa and Alula Kidani, congratulations for the brilliant staff and dear readers.