Al Ayam is a daily Sudanese newspaper.[1] It is the oldest independent newspaper in Sudan.[2]

Al Ayam was founded by Mahjoub Mohamed Salih in 1958.[2] Twice closed by the Sudanese government during the 1960s, it became a product of it in 1970.[2] Salih did not publish it again until 1986.[2] It was again closed from 1989 to 2000.[2] In 2004, it was again closed, primarily for its reporting on the crisis in Darfur.[3] The Sudanese minister of justice ordered prosecutors in March 2004 to end indefinite closure of newspapers without trial.[3] Nevertheless, Al-Ayamreported instances of harassment by security forces in 2006.[3]

As of 2011, Al-Ayam had a daily circulation of 18,000 to 20,000 copies per day.[3]


  1. ^ Sudan Profile; Media, United Kingdom: BBC News, 2012, retrieved 13 September 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mahjoub Mohamed Salih". World Association of Newspapers. 2005. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  3. ^ a b c d Shinn, David H. (2015). "Information Media" (PDF). In Berry, LaVerle (ed.). Sudan: a country study (5th ed.). Washington, D.C.: Federal Research Division, Library of Congress. pp. 271–275. ISBN 978-0-8444-0750-0.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain. Though published in 2015, this work covers events in the whole of Sudan (including present-day South Sudan) until the 2011 secession of South Sudan.{{cite encyclopedia}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)