In the shadows of Sudanese President Omar Bashir's recent visits to Uganda and South Africa several months ago, the ignored war against SPLM North rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile State and Darfur continue. The war is used as a justification by the Sudanese government (not just Bashir) i.e. the Defence Ministry, the notorious NISS and other counter terrorism measures as part of Sudan government's fifth against internal "terrorism."
Sudan Media Freedoms
As with any political party that has been in power for over 25+ years, Bashir's ruling NCP Party has become paranoid over the fact that they are not only unpopular with ordinary Sudanese living in metropolitan Khartoum but across the wider country. For every protest by students, farmers and marginalized villagers in the mentioned regions and in the capital, the government has used excessive force to keep the peace. Over the last year, the NISS (Sudanese Intelligence and Security Services) aka the Mukhabarat in other Arab countries, have been closing down various newspapers across the capital and country that question the government's motives and critiques policies aimed at repressing ordinary Sudanese's rights to protest particularly ongoing student criticism and question domestic and foreign policies. Crushing journalists and closing down newspaper publishing houses makes it harder for local Sudanese journalists to report on the continual war and military destruction against civilians by the government and militia groups in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile state and Eastern Red Sea state.