Media and Diplomatic Sectors
Sudan Vision Enters the Tenth Year. What they Say?
Thanks to all our readers - We do admit that they are the ones who made it possible.
Ali Shumo: The newspaper played a role in getting Sudan's message across to the world.
Al-Ebeid Murawah: The newspaper overcame the journalism industry obstacles in Sudan.
Mustafa Abu Alazaim: The newspaper is full of daring opinions, honest news stories, and deep analysis.
Isaac Ahmed Fadlallah: The newspaper corrects the mistaken and distorted image of the Sudan that the Western countries promote.
Alrizegi: The newspaper has a strong influence on the international public opinion.
Alfateh Alsayed (Journalists Union): The newspaper performs an amazingly professional and patriotic role.
NCP Secretary of Media Badr Aldin Ibrahim: The fact that the newspaper is in English helped convey the voice of Sudan to many domestic and international sectors.
Deputy Blue Nile Governor Dr. Adam Abakar Ismail: The newspaper's coverage during and after the events in Blue Nile state took place made us very glad.
Official Police Spokesman General Alsir Ahmed Omer: What the newspaper publishes about the police force makes us glad because the coverage is professional, credible, and non-inciting.
1. Head of the National Journalism Council Prof. Ali Shumo described (Sudan Vision) Newspaper as excellent in terms of language, content, and design.
He said that the presence of an English newspaper at this juncture of the country's history is considered an achievement; especially if we take into consideration the fact that it gets the message of Sudan across.
He explained that the newspaper is different than the other newspapers in the sense that after the secession, it became the only newspaper with an editing policy that is truly expressive of Sudan, and he added: "The newspaper offers balanced, objective, and moderate coverage and analysis." He clarified that these are the reasons that enabled the newspaper to lead the way; especially with its unparalleled ability to provide the latest breaking news stories and information.
He wished the newspaper well, calling for increasing domestic affairs coverage and refraining from relying on the internet. He added that (Sudan Vision) was able to bridge such a huge gap by addressing Non-Arabic speakers.
2. Official spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Al-Ebeid Ahmed Murawah: The newspaper was able to overcome the journalism industry obstacles in Sudan.
Official spokesman of the ministry of Foreign Affairs Al-Ebeid Ahmed Murawah said that (Sudan Vision) is a remarkable experience in the history of English Sudanese journalism since it maintained its issuance regularity despite the relatively small number of English newspapers readers; saying that this is an effort that merits rewarding. He demanded that the newspaper be supported because it targets English speaking foreign community.
3. Mustafa Abu Alazayim (Akhir Lahtha Newspaper):
We congratulate (Sudan Vision) on its 10th anniversary and we wish it well; especially bearing in mind the fact that when (Sudan Vision) was established it represented a fascinating mark in the scene of Sudanese journalism in general and Sudanese English journalism in particular. (Sudan Vision) aimed at employing all arts of editing and directed that to benefit the homeland and the citizens. In addition; the newspaper is full of daring opinion articles, honest news stories, deeply enlightened analysis, and close follow-up on everything that takes place in the country until it became indispensable to the foreigners living in Sudan. He added all these things fill us with appreciation and congratulations for the journalist and analyst Editor-in-Chief Saif Adeen Al-Bashir and all the working team including the editors, technicians, and administrative staff.
He said the newspaper is required to become an honest mirror for what's taking place in the country and to become a voice of righteousness in light of the incoming media attacks raising the voice of Sudan high abroad.
4. Isaac Ahmed Abdallah (Columnist):
(Sudan Vision) is a newspaper whose purpose is to address foreigners living in Sudan and correctly deliver the right news about the Sudanese issues; issues that the West promotes in a mistaken way especially in what regards disputes and economic and social stability.
Isaac said that the newspaper has to enhance the image of Sudan in the face of the mistaken image promoted by the Western countries. He said (Sudan Vision) is characterized and distinguished for being known to employ a writing style that depends on numbers and short sentences; suggesting that the newspaper must u8se foreigners' perspective (by interviewing them for instance) to address other foreigners and clarify the reality of what's taking place in the country.
He suggested that (Sudan Vision) must spread its presence outside the capital in all states, cities, and towns.
5. Abdulmajid Abdulhamid (Alahram Alyoum):
The most important thing (Sudan Vision) has got to do is fill the vacuum created in the English journalism scene after the secession in addition to correction the mistaken image which's promoted by foreign media. He added that (Sudan Vision) must the newspaper that helps Sudanese journalists learn English.
6. Alsadig Alrezeigi (Alintibaha):
English journalism has always been intermittent in Sudan; but (Sudan Vision) has managed to continue despite the obstacles and barriers that faced the newspaper, becoming in a brief period of time the most important source of information for all the foreign monitors of Sudanese affairs. He said the newspaper has a clear editing policy, a clear-cut editing method, and an integrated analytical view of things that enabled the newspaper to employ all editing arts.
We hope the newspaper will step into its tenth year and second decade as a newspaper that strongly impacts foreign public opinion broadcasting domestic affairs to the world in English.
7. Amal Abbas (Alsahafa):
The fact that the newspaper has been able to make it beyond ten years; that means it enjoys wide acceptance from all non-Arabic speaking sects. She demanded the newspaper must take into consideration the best interests of Sudan and enhancing its image in the eyes of the foreigners working in it.
8. Deputy Director of Media Directorate in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consultant Omer Alfaroug Sayed Kamil:
(Sudan Vision) is a pioneering newspaper in the field of English publishing, saying the newspaper operates in an atmosphere of heavy proportions domestically and internationally. He considered (Sudan Vision)'s ability to maintain balance in such challenging conditions a victory unto itself; especially in light of the numerous pressures Sudanese journalism is facing.
Alfaroug dubbed the newspaper's coverage of current affairs and analysis of the developments of the current political events as excellent. He said (Sudan Vision) is considered a great threat to a big number of organizations and foreign missions operating in Sudan; and this is particularly important since no other entity publishes daily news and analysis in English; no radio stations and no satellite channels, these reasons contributed to making the newspaper a basic source of information.
Omer Alfaroug wished that other newspapers could be published to create a momentum for competition that would in turn prompt every newspaper to give its best.
9. Media experts recently interviewed by the newspaper on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the newspaper described the ability of the newspaper to hold on and continue publishing itself amidst the current economic conditions as a challenge and a praiseworthy achievement.
Secretary General of the Sudanese Journalists' Union Alfateh Alsayed Alamin said the newspaper played a remarkably rooted professional and patriotic role in the interim period from 2005 to 2011. He said the newspaper has a stable staff of journalists demanding that the newspaper must be supported since it's the only newspaper that carries the burdens and the aspirations of the Sudanese people.
Alfateh called for extending the distribution of the newspaper abroad and to keep up its continuous website updating and modernization as well as allowing the newspaper's cadres to take part in regional and international conferences. He also called on the newspaper to broaden its coverage of different professional fields, domestic social issues, and sports.
10. NCP Media Secretary Badr Aldin Ibrahim commended the newspaper and described its continuity as being a sign of a challenging newspaper, saying that the usage English as the language of the newspaper must have affected many sectors inside and outside Sudan; a thing that helps clarify the vision of Sudan regarding many issues.
11. Deputy Governor of Blue Nile state Abakar Adam Ismail said they were glad that the newspaper played such a big role in covering the events that took place in Blue Nile state and what has taken place afterwards He considered the newspaper as one of the best English newspapers in the country saying that it has numerous readers in Blue Nile state.
He wished the newspaper more success and prosperity and urged it to maintain its current editing policy; a policy that expresses the dignity and independence of national decision-making.
12. Official spokesman of the Sudanese Police Force Alsir Ahmed Omer said: "We are pleased with what the newspaper publishes regarding the news of the police force because their coverage of the issues therein is characterized by being credible, professional, and non-inciting."
He said the fact that an English newspaper has made this far and this long is considered a great achievement and a great addition to the Sudanese media scene. He added that addressing non-Arabic speakers in English is very important because that helps in delivering the real news and correcting the mistaken conceptions about Sudan. It also helps in reassuring foreigners and investors that in terms of security Sudan is one of the most secure countries, and Khartoum is one of the most secure cities in the region and the world.
Alsir added: "We rely on newspapers such as (Sudan Vision) to disseminate the culture of security and stability as well as informing foreigners of the right way to legalize their stay. We also count on the newspaper to inform foreigners of the religious rules of the community in a clear way that enables foreigners to respect the beliefs of the people of Sudan.
13. Economic Expert and former Finance Minister Abdulrahim Hamdi commended (Sudan Vision) on being able to hold its weight until reaching the tenth year non
Hamdi called for promoting the newspaper more extensively and to employ people of experience to improve the newspaper even more.
14. Economic expert at the International University of Africa Dr. Mohammed Alnayir considered the continuity if the newspaper for more than ten years as a great achievement having in mind the obstacles that face media institutions in Sudan. He said the newspaper was able to cover political, economic, social, and cultural issues in the capital in the states, locally and internationally.
Dr. Alnayir said the newspaper has distinguished itself by the variety of discussed topics along with allocating space for opinions, saying that (Sudan Vision) is indeed a remarkable and pioneering newspaper that has managed to bridge the gap in the absence of other English newspapers in Sudan.
15. Dr. Hassan Makki: Every time I navigate the internet I find strong indicators towards (Sudan Vision).
By reaching its tenth year, (Sudan Vision) occupies the golden medallion place on the chests of those who run it. He said: "Every time I navigate the internet I find strong indicators towards (Sudan Vision); and this means we have entered a global internet competition platform." He said there is no English newspaper other than Every time I navigate the internet I find strong indicators towards (Sudan Vision) in Sudan now; a thing that must encourage (Sudan Vision) to supply the world with the news of Sudan. It must be objective and responsible, and it must respect Sudanese and foreign readers.
By Mohammed Abdallah - Hana Abdul Hai - Mohammed Omer El-Haj, 04/08/2012