Home | News    Tuesday 14 December 2010

South Sudan must establish media laws, journalist urges

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

JPEG - 60.2 kb
The Citizen Chairman of Board and Editor in Chief in Juba. Dec. 12, 2010 (ST)

December 12, 2010 (JUBA) – The founder of an independent newspaper The Citizen Nhial Bol says there are many challenges in the media in Sudan including press freedom, independent ownership and lack of professional journalists.

Bol, told Sudan Tribune in Juba that operating in northern Sudan is difficult especially when covering the International Criminal Court (ICC), which issued an arrest warrant for the Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for alleged genocide and war crimes in Darfur.

He says that the Khartoum government has often attempted to block the work of The Citizen, which was established in 2005.

But he said that there were challenges in the whole of Sudan covering the south’s referendum on independence, with northern politicians advocating unity while in the southern government has openly called for the south to vote for separation.

Bol also said there are not enough professional journalists or independent media houses in Sudan. He said that The Citizen recently needed a bank loan to stay in operation.

He said that The Citizen was transferring itself to the south so they did not become isolated should the south vote for independence.

Bol said in South Sudan there is a different ideology in terms of understanding the role of the media. He said that it was easy to have dialogue but said that in the six years since the north south peace deal media laws have not been established in the south.

He said the lack of a media law, which he says he has been fighting for means that journalists can be arrested at the order of politician.

Bol said, he is now preparing to set up a printing press in Juba that will not only produce newspapers but also print books and examination papers for schools in the south.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 14 December 2010 07:08, by Diu J.Kuek

    Dear journal Mr Nhial Bol

    Yes the Government of Southern Sudan must establish media Laws which is the duty of Executive to urges Lagislative to create code of media .
    Which is right to freedom of speech and expression should be guaranteed only to the citizen of Southern Sudan as well as the right of freedom of speech and expression has no geographical limitaion this right must be is exercisable In Southern Sudan as well as outside Southern Sudan.
    Our Government should know the role of media in the society indicate mass and awareness to know their rights and their duties toward State.

    Southern Sudan journalists have right to urges the Government to make the conduct of right to freedom of speech and expression,

    Also reasonable and possible restrictions can be impose on the right to freedom of speech and expression if the Government deem to.
    a-Security of State
    b-Publice order.decency and morality
    c-friendly relation with foreign State
    d-Contempt of Court of Law
    e-Defamation
    These following points can be imposed by the Government of Southern Sudan for the Interests of the State.
    For the Southern Sudan journalists cool down and be patience let our concentrations to be in South referendum results to our success South Sudan Constitution be amend and laws be codify.
    Wish the Southern Sudan for successful Referendum.
    may God bless the people of Southern Sudan.

    By Diu Jieth Kuek

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


An Alternative National Dialogue: Sudan’s last chance for sustainable peace and Unity 2014-08-30 06:18:14 By Suliman Baldo August 29, 2014 — Last week, with much fanfare and renewed hope on the part of Sudanese citizens, the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP) for Sudan and South Sudan, (...)

A critique of the IGAD protocol for peace in S Sudan 2014-08-30 05:53:03 “A critique of the IGAD protocol on agreed principles on transitional arrangements towards resolution of the crisis in South Sudan” By David de Chand August 29, 2014 - First and foremost of all, (...)

IGAD failure to delivering peace for South Sudan! 2014-08-30 05:43:48 By Jacob Odong August 29, 2014- The East African Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is concluding a plan to allow for what they are calling a unity government for South Sudan. If (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


National Dialogue in Sudan: Past experiences and current challenges 2014-08-27 06:18:22 Sudan Democracy First Group (SDFG) Since independence, Sudan has undergone a number of national peace agreements, some of which were observed and honored for short periods, others which were (...)

A new approach to the National Dialogue will stop war and lead to democracy in Sudan 2014-08-22 06:50:30 A New Approach to the National Dialogue in Sudan that will Stop the Wars, Address the Humanitarian Crisis and Lead to Democratic TransformationChatham House, London on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (...)

Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan urge leaders to choose peace 2014-08-19 20:29:59 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Esther Sprague, Founder & Director, Sudan Unlimited 415.713.2495, esprague11@yahoo.com FRIENDS AND DIASPORA OF SOUTH SUDAN URGE LEADERS TO CHOOSE PEACE UNSC (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.