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November 10, 2011 (JUBA) — South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, has justified the action of his security services in the continuing detention of two journalists who have been in detention, one for eight and one for six days.

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President of South Sudan, Sala Kiir (Getty/AFP)

Kiir made the public address in the South Sudan capital, Juba, on Thursday.

Sudan Tribune journalist, Ngor Arol Garang, also editor of the The Destiny was arrested on 2 November. Dengdit Ayok, the paper’s deputy editor was arrested on Saturday 5 November, following an opinion article the paper carried, which was critical of Kiir’s daughter’s marriage to an Ethiopian.

In his first official statement on the matter, Kiir said "media freedom should not be abused to the extent of attacking personalities. In any case that will be defamation."

Kiir said the journalists will, after investigations, be handed over to the police. He did not specify when.

Different sources said the two journalists have been held in a detention facility run by the security service in Juba since their arrest.

"It is not a crime for a lady to get married to the man of her choice. Forceful marriage, like experience has shown, can sometimes be very disastrous. Why are you now complaining yet none of you applied to marry my daughter?" asked Kiir, amid laughter.

Abraham Malek, senior editor with The Destiny’s Arabic language sister paper, said it published an apology to Kiir’s family for the article and suspended Ayok for a month.

Neither Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s information and broadcasting minister, nor his deputy Atem Yaak Atem, have been available for comment on the issue since the arrests.

Both local and international bodies have widely condemned the arrest and called upon the South Sudanese government to take immediate steps towards the release of the two journalists.

Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders; Amnesty International; Committee to Protect Journalists; Association for Media Development in South Sudan; Community Empowerment for Progress Organization and South Sudan Human Rights Society for Advocacy, have joined widespread condemnation of their arrest.

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Press Releases:

Reporters Without Borders - Authorities urged to free two journalists and reopen their newspaper

AMDISS - AMDISS Regrets Arrest and Detention of Destiny Editors

Amnesty International - Urgent Action: Two Journalists Arrested in South Sudan

Committee to Protect Journalists - South Sudan security detains two journalists

CEPO - Juba: Freedom of Expression should prevail

SSHURSA - SSHURSA Demands Realease of Editor Ngor & his Deputy Dengdit and Urges Security Organs to Respect the Constitution

Sudan Tribune - Sudan Tribune calls for South Sudan to release journalist

Media Coverage:

Sudan Tribune - Amnesty International joins calls for the release of Sudan Tribune journalist

Sudan Tribune - South Sudanese journalist released, two remain in detention

Sudan Tribune - Human Rights Watch call for release of Sudan Tribune journalist

Sudan Tribune - Sudan Tribune journalist arrested in Juba

Sudan Tribune - Sudan Tribune launches petition for release of journalist]


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  • 11 November 2011 06:58, by Liberal

    Dear President,
    In fact, nobody apply to marry your daughter mr. President but for your security reasons that’s why your diehard supporters were truly concern about the marriage of your daughter to the foreigner. Please release them it has involved International condemnation.

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  • 11 November 2011 07:06, by angunliach

    Dear president,
    Keep them detained,they are law breakers,they have not understood your leadership and will of your children, some may think that you are the one married to foreigner, ladies have right to choose husband of their own choice, but not fathers to decide for them,take them for justice and more litigation.
    Angunliach

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    • 11 November 2011 08:56, by Alier42

      Mr kiir.you should be politically and personally responsible for the life of two journalists ,arrested by your unprofessional security officers.it is very unfortune to arrest your unquestionable supporters for their sincerity in affairs of your family which can affect your dignity in public life.

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      • 11 November 2011 09:15, by Alier42

        Yes ,Mr president your daughter is not to be blamed for abusing your dignity as well as for the nation, because she grew in a family where both parents abuse alcohol at will, leaving their children vulnerable to risks behaviors.

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        • 11 November 2011 14:34, by mon-mandhal

          This is another abusive comment posted by an indiscipline Alier42.How come u irreponsibley described mr. president,s family in that way? please ! try to learn manners otherwis u will be foolish rat playing around a cat.

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          • 11 November 2011 15:16, by Alier42

            @ mon mamdhal,

            If you are siding with your incompetent president , then advise him to release the two journalists immediately,you will be held accountable for unlawfull detention of professional journalists,in the course of their duty.

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          • 12 November 2011 04:13, by Red Army

            Kiir has treated this matter as a criminal case which is not the case at all. I do not blame Kiir because he is too illiterate to differentiate between the tort-laws and criminal law and whether this case fall under which laws and cases. In fact , this case is involving the tort law and therefore it deserves to be resolved through the civil court which involves noncriminal cases.

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            • 12 November 2011 14:10, by Nyamleldit

              I concur with you red army. Adut is not the kind of the child he should shown those eyes to International community. He should seek advice from those who were with her in South Australia. The best children he should wait and feel pride later are Anok and Thiik thus he needs to forget about Ayen children.Two young men from greater Gogrial applied eagerly to marry Adut and president rejected them.

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        • 11 November 2011 15:33, by Gunkills

          @Alier42! This name of yours I know is from Dinka tribe. I guess you are not a Dinka, otherwise, if you are. You have mental problem.

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      • 11 November 2011 09:20, by Alier42

        Yes ,Mr president your daughter is not to be blamed for abusing your dignity as well as for the nation, because she grew in a family where both parents abuse alcohol at will, leaving their children vulnerable to risks behaviors.

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      • 11 November 2011 09:36, by Mapuor

        Dear Alier 42

        Marriages between Dinkas of Bhar El Gazal & Ethiopians are not new.There are thousands of Ethiopian ladies married to Bhar El Gazal sons.Keep away from family affairs.Am sure even some guys from your places are married to Ethiopians.

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        • 11 November 2011 13:54, by Alier42

          @ mapour

          yes ,i can concur with you ,most of you are womanisers,but you have to agree with me that ,the state house had been invaded by the foreigner and it is not for Bhar el Gazal,state house is the symbol of our integraty and dignity of our beloved nation ,in presence of heavy security on daiy bases ,how did the foreigner get in and impregnent your sister man?

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          • 12 November 2011 04:41, by Mabuto Monyror

            Mr.Alier42,
            You are so out minded idiot....if your dad wasn’t a womaniser, how do you think your mom get sex from? why motherfuckers always focusing on our president’s daughter marriage to Ethiopian guy, and leave our vice- president mariage to white lady a lone peacefully.To be alert mr slaver, mr Omer Al- Bashier marriage southern Sudan lady.So do you think our lady changed anything in our lives

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    • 12 November 2011 04:08, by Red Army

      Officially, it is against the violation of sovereignty consitution and moral ethics for the presidential daughter and son to marry to a foreign aliens for the sake of national security reason and moral character of the royal family. By the way, the president himself has violated the constitutional rights of these journalists by arresting and jailing them for the civil case that involves tort-laws.

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  • 11 November 2011 07:14, by Akumadit

    The president accepted the responsibility of jailing those two innocent Sudan tribune journalists. I think our leader needs help in understanding the constitution of south sudan. Those journalist must be release immediately otherwise the president will held accountable if something happen to them.

    South Sudanese need to uprise against this brutal regime of Kiir mayardit.

    Best wishe,

    Akumadit

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  • 11 November 2011 07:25, by doublebookdialled

    This is a clear evident from the president that these journalist were arrested through his order and shame to our acts that are always unscrutinized for international image. i personally realize that the profession of journalist is where the president does not belong and he order their arrest and a professional corruptist because he cannot order a single arrest of his fellow corrupt subordinate.

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  • 11 November 2011 07:59, by Murle Intellectual

    President Kiir is sometimes right. This time he is completely wrong. He should stop his mad dogs from biting people and spread the madness and death. When the security and the people are not in harmony, there will be no security but killings and murder of civilians in cold blod. Don’t justify your mistakes. Release those innocent journalists

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    • 11 November 2011 08:05, by omoni jr.

      murle intellectual,
      please, you have advise your tribe Not to kill and kidnap kids,women and elders in jonglei state.
      Please, leave children alone,they are very expensive to their mothers to lose them.

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      • 11 November 2011 09:41, by Murle Intellectual

        Children need protection. Their mothers and fathers need protection too. It is really a heart-breaking experience to allow or even mobilze fellow South Sudanese to kill each other. I hold the president and his ministers personally responsible for the on-going genocide in the new country. Omoni Jr. What we need to do now is to preach peace among all tribes in South Sudan and seek protection of all

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  • 11 November 2011 08:25, by Mila Eluzai

    I personally get disturbed when I see our president supporting the arest of the Journalists by security personnel.
    This will let the security personnel think they can do any thing they want since they will get presidential support.This supprt alone accelerates insecurity. Let us forget the era of liberation,we are,government.What I expect is a presidential Pardon to the journalists.

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    • 12 November 2011 04:18, by Red Army

      There is no need for presidential pardon or clemency at all, the president himself ought to be sued legally by the detained journalists because he has jailed them for a civil case which is non-criminal case. Instead, he should has filed a lawsuit against the journalists for defamatory libel/slander because this case is not a criminal issue, and therefore, it must not had involved arrest & detentio

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      • 12 November 2011 14:00, by Wundit

        To mr Red soever
        you have been keeping repeating "tort" maybe you don’t know the meaning of it these refers voilation of individual right kiir has right to arrest those journalists "slander" means defamation in spoken words and "libel" this defamation in print or braodcast publication i know maybe you are one of they journalist those words come from media law please keep away.

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        • 12 November 2011 14:20, by Nyamleldit

          wundit, what give Kiir right is it because of being president or is it because he is above the law in the South Sudan? Bashir said that Kiir sold his daughter to Ethiopian to gain power and he did not open his mouth. If war break out today Ngor and Deng Ayok will be need and those Ethiopia will go back and Adut will go to Australia. Pliz stop defending fail president.

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  • 11 November 2011 09:00, by Akumadit

    Mr. President,

    We South Sudanese care less about who your daughter married to because she is just like her parents. A president with so many sex partners including some ministers in South Sudan government and also in some foreign countries. The daughters was 6 months pregnant when she married to Abasha. She was impregnated inside president house with the knowledge of the president.

    Akuma

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    • 11 November 2011 15:40, by amokraanthiec ooyee

      Akuma,why are you much concern about the pregnancy of president’s daughter? Did your mother drink you with water or through the same process? if yes can you posted it how it happened?

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  • 11 November 2011 10:25, by Madina Tonj

    President Kiir Manyardit need to understand that, it was not a personal attacked, this is a real matter concern when the president trust immigrant of Ethiopan than his people within Dinka leave about Southern Sudanese. There were many people report need to marriage his daughter but his daughter also was quote that, she did not want to be marriage by Black Southern Sudanese this is silly

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    • 11 November 2011 15:40, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Dear Madina Tonj,
      I agree with you in your comment. In fact, I was the first person to get mad about Kiir’s daughter to be married by an Ethiopian guy. If Kiir daughter doesn’t want to be married by a black Southern Sudanese, then what color is her father? Is Salva Kiir a light skin, or a black? I think this girl is 100% prostitute if she doesn’t know her Identity. Shame on her and even her fathe

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  • 11 November 2011 12:55, by kuac Agol

    Dear President,

    You better release them they do not know what they are doing,but Journalists should be given freedom and always freedom is limit because you cannot write an article which is not even good and said freedom of expression is there.

    I don,t see the reason Ngor Arol Garang is detained but supposed to be Dengdit AYok Deng Agor because he wrote his Article ,,Nyan Beny,, and details

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  • 11 November 2011 13:17, by Joseph

    Marriage of president daughter should not be secrete; take an example from Queen Elizabeth Daughter in UK, it was out through all media. This is not family affairs and that is why all ministers were invited and many other. Therefore our president daughter weeding should be known everywhere although she marriage to foreigner.

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  • 11 November 2011 14:18, by Lokeji

    I wish that u are continue to be silence than give this embarrasing speech.if u are convinced with the decision of ur daughter, why do u arranged the welding to be in secret and also in secret place? have u forgotten that u are president and whatever u do in secret creats suspicion among ur people? but why do refuse to follow the legal procedures i.e to sue them(journalist) to the court of law.

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  • 11 November 2011 14:29, by Nhom wadit

    YES MR.PRESIDENT YOU ARE RIGHT BY THE WAY BUT THERE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE ARRESTED.BUT I KNOW WELL YOU WERE NOT IN JUBA,IF YOU WERE THERE YOU WOULD HAVE NOT AGREED BUT YOUR SECURITY PERSONNELS ARE NEEDED TO BE PRAISED BY YOU AS THEY THINK THEY ARE SEEING THEIR WORK PROPERLY.

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  • 11 November 2011 14:31, by Lokeji

    there is one thing i really want to understand regarding the role of the security and the police man? a man wrote an article attacking the president’s family affairs and another one wanted to terriorizes the president which of the two should be of security concern? this kind of mistakens are carried forward from the old sudan system.both the saf and security are used for terrorizing civillians.

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  • 11 November 2011 16:22, by Good Citizen

    the Dinka boys are not to be blame for submitting their ’’applications’’to the President’s daughter coz the gals there are ever under tight security, 24/7, and the president’s daughters do not mix/socialize with common/mere people on the streets.but the ministers’s sons had a good chance but they didn’t do anything.may be it is a high time to ask, why people are not attracted to the pres’s famil

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  • 11 November 2011 19:03, by Deng.Deng@Deng

    This is a savage and immature reaction mr. salvaotria kiir mayardit. Leaders take criticism. They redefined & filtered problems to govern well. However, your savage reaction to this situation entails that you’re intolerant to lead. Therefore, I join citizens of good conscience to fight against your corrupt, despotic, & savage administration to oust you. South Sudan would be better off with you!

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  • 11 November 2011 19:52, by Mahidere

    I am an Ethiopian and I am gutted by how many individuals made so much offensive remarks about Ethiopia and Ethiopians. Ask SPLM/A veterans about what Ethiopia did to support the liberation struggle. SPLA was almost decimated in the 80’s when Ethiopia came to its rescue. If the marriage is against your traditions, you have every right to go after your President but do not insult the Ethiopian guy

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    • 11 November 2011 20:24, by Good Citizen

      Hi Mahidhere,
      No one is insulting Ethiopia and Ethiopians! that will never ever happen.Ethiopian and South Sudan will remain, naturally, in brotherhood/sisterhood forever.intermarriage between the two countries would continue as usual. we, south sudanese, are simply voicing our concerns on how our president handle the press freedom in the country.hope you understand.

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  • 12 November 2011 03:52, by Red Army

    This corrupted and failed president is totally wrong no matter how he is trying to justifies his damn action against the innocent journalists. First, we all do condemn the marriage of her daughter for national security and ethical moral-value concerns. Secondly, if the president believes this case was a defamatory libel/slander, this case is supposed to be treated like a tort-case.

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  • 12 November 2011 03:57, by Red Army

    ...continuation..This case should had been treated like a tort case and not criminal case. There is a difference between the tort and criminal law cases. Tort law are heard and trialed in the civil case, which is non-criminal case while criminal laws are administered in criminal court. So the president and her daughter deserve the rights to file a lawsuit against Ngor and Ayok in the civil court.

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  • 12 November 2011 04:03, by Red Army

    Thirdly, the president and her daughter do not understand the legality and legitimate procedures of this litigation. It is constitutionally wrong and outrageously condemnable for the president to insist that he has done the right thing to have arrested and jailed the journalists for what appears to be a civil case which should be heard and trialed through the tort law because this is noncriminal.

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  • 12 November 2011 10:59, by Lokorong

    To those who blame H.E.Salva Kiir Mayardit,You have to get this right deeply into your last capabilty of understanding real things. The presendent daughter decision to marry the so-called foreigner (Ethiopian)man is NOT Mayardit responsibility. Mr.Kiir was responsible and ready to protect his daughter when she was not yet 18 of age.She made her decision because of her own love wishes.that democrac

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