Saida Ramadan, a Sudanese journalist, began writing in exile from Egypt after the Muslim fundamentalist-backed regime of Lt. General Omar Hassan al-Bashir took power in Sudan in 1989 and began a systematic campaign against the media. At the time, Ramadan was a correspondent for the Sudanese paper Al-Alam in Cairo. The paper was shut down, her passport revoked and she was not allowed entry back to Sudan. Ramadan began work as a staff editor at the Egyptian daily Al-Alam Al-Youm where she continued to express views against the Sudanese regime. She was blacklisted by the National Islamic Front, threatened and physically assaulted. In 1996, Ramadan received the International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award.