Anguish for South Sudan journalists

Soldiers of the Sudan People Liberation Army sit in a pick-up truck at the military base in Malakal, northern South Sudan, on October 16, 2016. Journalists in the country continue to endure hard times in the execution of their duties as the government sustains its onslaught on freedom of the Press and expression. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A talk to journalists reveals moving tales of persecution and repression in the form of death threats, kidnapping, harassment, arbitrary arrests, detention and censorship.
  • Mr Denis Dumo, based in Juba, testified that the current cut back on media freedom in South Sudan was connected to the political turmoil in the oil-exporting country.
  • Between July and October this year alone, four South Sudan journalists were killed in the line of duty, bringing the total to 12 journalists killed since the nation gained independence in 2011.
  • The Government Spokesman and Information Minister, Mr Michael Makuei, recently cautioned media professionals against ‘negative’ reporting on the current crisis in the country.

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