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Sudan Tribune journalist receives Human Rights Watch award


August 8, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan Tribune journalist Manyang Mayom was awarded for his ‘commitment to free expression and courage in the face of political persecution’ with a Hellman/Hammett grant by Human Rights Watch on August 4.

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Sudan Tribune journalist Manyang Mayom (ST)

The annual grants are designed to reward writers ‘whose work and activism have been suppressed by their governments.’

Mayom was one of three Sudanese writers to receive the award this year.

As well as being Sudan Tribune’s correspondent in Rumbek, Mayom also works for the English language newspaper the Khartoum Monitor, and the Gurtong peace media project.

He has been beaten, arrested, intimidated and harassed on numerous occasions by security services in southern Sudan while for investigating sensitive stories such as ‘abuses by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the police, the government’s crackdown on women and girls for wearing trousers, and the detention of youth in militia prisons.’

“The award is an answer for those who are against those who are against human rights,” Mayom told Sudan Tribune after hearing of his award.

“It is also an answer for others in the media who are afraid to write what they want […] you may not be recognized in Sudan but you will be recognized internationally,” he said.

In December 2007 Mayom left his job as a senior radio reporter southern Sudanese Radio Rumbek FM 98 and began working as a freelance journalist.

It was after he left the government broadcaster he says that he began to be harassed by the southern security services and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the former rebels who have governed southern Sudan as an autonomous region since a peace deal in 2005.

In February 2008, Mayom was badly beaten by a militia loyal to Paulino Matip whose soldiers had merged with the SPLA the previous year.

The incident occurred in the Rumbek the capital of Lakes State, while Mayom was investigating a civilian disarmament campaign being conducted by the SPLA.

Mayom’s injuries were so bad that he was taken to the Sudanese capital Khartoum for treatment. When he became aware of his award on Sunday, over two years after the attack, Mayom was again visiting Khartoum for further treatment to his kidneys, which still cause him pain and do not function properly.

In 2009 security services in Lakes State tried to force him to leave Sudan accusing him of giving the region a bad international reputation from his reporting.

Mayom, who was born in the remote village of Pacong Payam in Rumbek East County in 1982, has refused to leave. His father died in 1986 fighting for the SPLA.

During his time reporting in Lakes State he has been accused of being both a spy for the Khartoum government and an agent of the International Criminal Court by local security services.

Mayom says that access to media and freedom of press in Lakes state is very poor.

Rumbek is a difficult place to work as a journalist, he says, because in many ways it is still the headquarters of the SPLA, as it was during the 22 year civil war, despite Juba being the regional capital.

Darfuri Activist - Awaif Ahmed Issag Osman

Awaif Ahmed Issag Osman a young feminist and activist from Darfur was awarded a grant for starting her own community publication informing people in El Fasher, North Darfur of news about Darfur’s seven year conflict, violence against women, and the culture and history of Darfur.

Osman, who posts Al Raheel ("tree" news) on a tree trunk in the center of town, ‘has been arrested by the Sudanese national security authorities for her activism,’ according to Human Rights Watch.

Veteran Journalist - Alhaj Warrag Sidahmed

According to Human Rights Watch Alhaj Warrag Sidahmed is ‘a well-known journalist who has written extensively on a range of political topics in Sudan, including democracy, Islam, the conflict in Darfur, the International Criminal Court (ICC), and the lack of freedom of expression. Since 1999, Sudanese authorities have harassed and arrested him on multiple occasions for his activism. Many of his articles have been censored, and he has faced criminal charges for his writings. He is currently working from exile.’


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  • 9 August 2010 08:24, by DASODIKO

    Congrats young guys. please keep up. Mayom Iam your teacher man keep up you have a good future in thind field as I ahve envisaged since you were junior reporter at Mother Khartoum Monitor. At that time the Arab Newspapers had nothing to write but questioning why a person from South Sudan giving Name Khartoum Monitor they kept on writing saying ooooooh they want to dominate Khartoum. Haaaaaa; those were funny days in Khartoum and now they are crying why why whyyeeeeeeeee South Sudan want to go?

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    • 9 August 2010 08:50, by Mou Magok


      Hardwork pays, I believe. Manyang, you are very courageous man I know and I have recognised your presence among those awarded sudanese journalists, please keep up.

      I always go through your articles and finally, I do realise some points about our environment situations like in our state the issue of torture, arrest and harrass etc are so common and when you bear with them then you will achieve what you want in future.


      Yirol boy

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      • 9 August 2010 08:57, by Maker Costa

        Congratulations Manyang Mayom, you have helped our a lot by being a truth teller.

        Freedom Oyee, separation Oyee

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        • 9 August 2010 09:22, by Gatwech

          Congratulations Manyang Mayom,

          You have won the award for working in the lion’s den, Lakes state.

          Change the culture of secrecy there to the culture of democracy and freedom of expression as enjoyed in some other states.

          But the type of award was not mentioned in the article. Was it just $10 dollar trophy, or was it something valuable?

          I hope those of Human Rights did not give you a toy as an award.

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  • 9 August 2010 09:45, by Kok Achiek Ajith

    Congratulation Bwana Mayom, that was a fair dinkum choice made and a well recognised award given for the real job done by real chap. It is so great that your achievement through your intrinsic motivation towards fulfilling your role as a journalist in that hostile environment where gender role of masculinity is so dominant.
    Just keep-it-up and many awards will be coming your way MATE.

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    • 9 August 2010 10:50, by Antiphas Wenyin Paul


      Dear brother Manyang, some one in the book title " The Future Leaders" written by Muhangi Rheueni says and I quote, that in the world of today you have to sleep with one eye open, otherwise apart from the Award, please look seriously after the treatment of that Kidney, and secondly, despite the fact that people should be denied what ever right, press on , this the world of Democratic Transformation, and every body should have that privilage of telling the world of all the happenings.

      So, keep up with the courage and continue with the Carrier, don’t fear, the world of Journelism is behind you and the community of Lakes State is rallying behind you, because you are our eye.

      Bravo, and Congratulations for the Award.

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  • 10 August 2010 05:23, by daniel mangok

    Great job Manyang Mayom, Keep doing what you were doing, we Southerners need good journalists like you! Thanks!

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  • 10 August 2010 16:58, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub


    Congrats for the award. I thank Hellman/Hammett grant by Human Rights Watch. This award encourages other freelance journalists who may be hesitant to work as journalists because of risks and other factors including Akolde N. Jinub.

    Manyang, I wish you get heal and recover for good of your wounds, though deadly!!. I remember writing bitterly about your beatings incident in February 2008 here in Rumbek.

    I could be of great help to you if I were to own a laptop computer of my own. There will be a new era in the making of history of two Sudanese states from next year, and no one knows the security apparantus may be worse than now.

    Thank everybody for guarding against human rights in the Sudan! Keep up the job, there can never be freedom, justice and human rights observance if we don’t criticize the governments and institutions of their abuse.

    Akolde, Rumbek

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