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Français http://fr.rsf.org/sud-soudan-reporters-sans-frontieres-demande-08-11-2011,41360.html

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Reporters Without Borders (http://www.rsf.org)

Alert

8 November 2011

SOUTH-SUDAN

Authorities urged to free two journalists and reopen their newspaper

Reporters Without Borders condemns the illegal detention of two journalists and calls for their immediate release and the reopening of their newspaper, the Juba-based daily Destiny, which has been closed by the government. They are Ngor Aguot Garang, its editor, who was arrested on 2 November, and Dengdit Ayok, its deputy editor, who was arrested on 5 November.

“These arrests highlight the difficulties of working as a journalist in South Sudan and the risks that media personnel run in this young country, in which no law protects them,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call on the authorities to free Garang and Ayok without delay and to quickly pass laws that regulate the work of the media and protect journalists from arbitrary imprisonment of this kind.”

The two journalists are reportedly being held in a prison near Jebel Marra. No formal charge has been brought against them. Under South Sudan’s laws, this makes their detention illegal.

Garang, who is also a reporter for Sudan Tribune, was arrested one day after being summoned for questioning by the national security department in Juba on 1 November. As Destiny is the English-language version of Al-Misier, an Arabic-language also based in Juba, Al-Misier editor Atem Simon and chairman of the newspaper’s board, Dhieu Mathok, also responded to the summons.

The summons was prompted by an article by Ayok in Destiny’s 26 October issue criticizing President Salva Kiir Mayardit, to which the information ministry had reacted by suspending the newspaper. The suspension has remained in place, although Destiny issued an apology. The ministry also suspended Ayok from working as a journalist.

The incident has revived the debate about media freedom in South Sudan, Africa’s youngest country since obtaining its independence on 9 July. In an earlier incident, Mohammed Arkou of Sudan Radio Service was arrested on 11 May for taking photos without government permission, although he was not in a military area, and was held for three weeks.

The South Sudan Media Development Association has expressed its concern about this latest case, while the Sudan Tribune has launched an online petition for Garang’s release. Reporters Without Borders urges you to sign it:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/release_ngor_garang/


SUD-SOUDAN

Reporters sans frontières demande la libération de deux journalistes et la réouverture de leur quotidien

Reporters sans frontières dénonce la détention illégale des journalistes Ngor Aguot Garang et Dengdit Ayok, arrêtés par les forces de sécurité sud-soudanaises les 2 et 5 novembre 2011. L’organisation demande leur libération immédiate et réclame la réouverture de leur quotidien, le journal anglophone Destiny, suspendu par les autorités.

"Ces détentions mettent en lumière les difficultés d’exercer le métier de journaliste au Sud-Soudan et les risques encourus par les professionnels des médias dans ce jeune pays où aucune loi ne les protège", a déclaré Reporters sans frontières. "Nous demandons au gouvernement sud-soudanais de libérer Ngor Aguot Garang et Dengdit Ayok sans délai. Nous appelons également les autorités à adopter au plus vite des lois permettant d’encadrer le travail des médias et de mettre les journalistes à l’abri de telles violations de leur liberté", a ajouté l’organisation.

Ngor Aguot Garang, reporter pour Sudan Tribune mais également éditeur du quotidien anglophone Destiny, version anglaise du quotidien Al-Misier publiée à Juba, a été arrêté le 2 novembre par les services de sécurité. Son journaliste et adjoint Dengdit Ayok a quant à lui été arrêté le 5 novembre. Les deux hommes seraient détenus dans une prison près de Jebel Marra, à Juba. Aucun chef d’accusation n’a officiellement été retenu contre eux, ce qui, au regard de la loi sud-soudanaise, rend leur détention illégale.

Le 1er novembre, Ngor Garang avait déjà fait l’objet d’une première convocation par la sécurité nationale à laquelle avaient également répondu l’éditeur en chef d’Al-Misier, Atem Simon, et le président du conseil d’administration, Dhieu Mathok. La détention de Ngor Garang et de son journaliste ferait suite à la publication, le 26 octobre dernier, d’un article signé par Dengdit Ayok critiquant le président Salva Kiir Mayardit. Le journal, ainsi que l’auteur de l’article, ont depuis lors été suspendus par le ministère de l’Information, malgré les excuses formulées par la rédaction.

Cet incident relance le débat autour de la liberté de la presse au Sud-Soudan, plus jeune Etat d’Afrique après son accès à l’indépendance le 9 juillet 2011. Un peu plus tôt dans l’année, le journaliste du Sudan Radio Service Mohammed Arkou avait lui aussi été arrêté et détenu pour avoir pris des clichés, sans autorisation du gouvernement, dans une zone pourtant non militarisée. Arrêté le 11 mai 2011, il n’avait été libéré que trois semaines plus tard.

L’Association pour le développement des médias au Sud-Soudan a fait part de son inquiétude. Quant au journal Sudan Tribune, il a lancé une pétition en ligne pour la libération de Ngor Garang. Reporters sans frontières vous invite à la signer :

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/release_ngor_garang/


Ambroise PIERRE

Bureau Afrique / Africa Desk

Reporters sans frontières / Reporters Without Borders

47, rue Vivienne - 75002 Paris, France

Tel : (33) 1 44 83 84 76

Fax : (33) 1 45 23 11 51

Email : afrique@rsf.org / africa@rsf.org

Web : www.rsf.org

Twitter : RSF_Africa


PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ASKING FOR OUR COLLEAGUE NGOR GARANG TO BE RELEASED AND PASS THE LINK ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CONTACTS.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/release_ngor_garang/


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