Media Reform: Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement

Annexure I: Permanent Ceasefire and Security Arrangements Implementation Modalities and Appendices (Signed at Naivasha, Kenya on 31st December 2004)

10. Violations

10.4. Without prejudice to the freedom of press and media, the Parties agree to set up a Joint Media Committee upon signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to establish guidelines for the media and press to enhance conducive environment for the smooth implementation of the ceasefire.

Implementation History

2005

Minimum Implementation

The Joint Media Committee was established in April 2005 for the purpose of promoting an understanding of the peace processes. The committee contained representatives from both parties to the CPA. The committee did not meet regularly, and the UNMIS effort to obtain the support of the committee for a public awareness proved unsuccessful.1 Nevertheless, the agreement between the Government of Sudan and the UNMIS on 28 December of 2005 gave the UNMIS the “right to establish, install and operate United Nations radio stations under its exclusive control to disseminate to the public in Sudan information relating to its mandate.”2 Programs broadcasted under the UNMIS radio stations were said to be free from any kind of censorship.

No further information is available regarding the effectiveness of the Joint Media Committee in promoting an understanding of the peace processes in Sudan. It is however worth mentioning that the freedom of press situation did not improve as suggested by the Human Rights Watch annual reports.3

  • 1. "The CPA Monitor-Monthly report on the Implementation of the CPA," UNMIS, March 2006; "Report of the Secretary-General on the Sudan," United Nations (S/2011/821), December 21, 2005.
  • 2. "Agreement Between the Government of Sudan and the United Nations Concerning the Status of the United Nations Mission in Sudan," UNMIS, accessed January 30, 2012, unmis.unmissions.org/Portals/UNMIS/Documents/General/sofa.pdf.
  • 3. "World Report (2005-2011)," Human Rights Watch, accessed January 30, 2012, http://www.hrw.org/node/79288.
2006

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2007

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2008

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2009

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2010

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.

2011

Minimum Implementation

No further developments observed.