Only Female Editor-in-Chief in Sudan
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Amal Abbas is the only female editor-in-chief in the nation of Sudan and acts in the capacity for the Khartoum-based independent daily Al Raj al Akher. In response to her reporting about misappropriation of funds, Abbas was sent to prison and fined $6,000, but was later released. In 2001, Abbas won the International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award. Abbas directs her reporting primarily towards the fiscal behavior of Sudanese officials. In addition to Abbas's imprisonment, Al Raj al Akher has faced suspension frequently by the government's National Press Council. A Khartoum court jailed Abbas, and Ibrahim Hassan, a reporter for the paper, for three months for failing to pay fines in a libel suit. The pair had been found guilty of libeling Khartoum governor Majzoub Khalifa in a 2000 article, accusing him of corruption and nepotism. They were ordered to pay fines of 15 million pounds (US$5,900) apiece and Al Rai al Akher was also hit with a 1 billion pound fine (US$390,000), allegedly the largest fine ever imposed in a libel suit in Sudan.