By Roba Gibia
January 6, 20087 (CAIRO) – Juba Television will broadcast within two months through the Egyptian satellite (Nilsat) southern Sudan and Egyptian ministers of information agreed last week.
- Gabriel Changson
GoSS Minister of Information, Gabriel Changson, and his Egyptian counterpart, Anas El-Fiqi, agreed to air Juba Television via Nilsat within a month after the building of a station and empowering the coverage of the Egyptian satellite in South Sudan.
In a meeting with Changson, El-Fiqi also affirmed the readiness of Egyptian ministry of Information to train southern Sudanese cadres in the field of media.
During a briefing to the southern Sudanese community in Cairo, the minister also disclosed that South Africa will contribute to the launching of Juba Television via the satellite.
He also pointed out that the GoSS has set media besides health and education as its priority. He went on saying that his ministry has started development and expansion of the television and radio by empowering the broadcasting station which is now covering the entire south and the neighboring countries.
Changson, who was in a private visit, assured during the meeting that the Ministry of Information is going to set special media and newspaper regulations derived from the southern Sudan constitution with cooperation with the federal ministry of information to guide the dissemination of information in south Sudan.
The further said that the Ministry is trying to establish a news agency in Juba with its respective branches all over the world including Egypt, and the establishment of publishing house for newspapers and magazines with symbolic prices subsidized by the southern Sudan government.
Changso’s meeting with southern Sudanese community was organized by the Great Upper Nile Union on January 4, 2008.
The minister told south Sudanese community in Egypt that the GoSS has allocated twenty million US dollars to assist in the return of refugees and internal displaced people into south. He underlined that presence of south Sudanese people in their respective areas in the coming period is essential as regards upcoming census which attributes to the elections and 2011 referendum.