Last Sunday, the announcement took the journalists working for the daily newspaper by surprise. They had been demanding to receive their monthly salaries from April 2015 and went out on strike last month. This led to the partial payment of the salaries. The management promised the payment of all salaries on 12 June, but has not fulfilled the promise so far.
According to sources in El Akhbar
, 22 men and women working as journalists have not received any financial benefits. Sudan Tribune
reports that the newspaper's management will resolve their entitlements after the Eid El Fitr holiday.
Besides high printing costs and low revenue from advertising, Sudanese newspapers suffer from frequent punitive measures by the authorities. The print runs of El Akhbar
were confiscated by the security service on 18 June and 8 June, together with several other newspapers. No reasons were provided for the move.El Akhbar
was established by Rahmi Mohamed Suleiman in 1955 before suspending its work for decades. It was re-launched by Mohamed Lateef who sold it later to Wad'a.