Sudanese President Announces End to State Censorship
Sudanese President Announces End to State Censorship

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has announced an end to state censorship of the media.

In a decree announced Sunday, Mr. Bashir put an end to a system where censors examine newspapers before publication and sometimes remove articles they deem inappropriate or sensitive.

The practice had persisted despite guarantees of a free press in Sudan's constitution.

Newspaper editors had earlier signed a new journalistic "ethics code."  Reuters news agency reports the editors promised to be fair in their reporting, to respect religious and racial differences, and to obey the law.

Sudanese newspapers had sought an end to censorship ahead of national elections scheduled for next April.

The elections are a key part of the 2005 peace deal that ended Sudan's north-south civil war.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.