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Female journalist arrested without charge in Rumbek


May 18, 2012 (RUMBEK) - Police in South Sudan’s Lakes State on Monday 14 May arrested a female journalist working for state-owned Radio FM-98 in Rumbek.

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Lakes State Police Commissioner Saed Abdulatif Cawuol Lom at Rumbek Airport, South Sudan, 2011 (ST)

Ayak Dhieu Apar was arrested for hosting a live radio talk show about “How could public respect police”, with various listeners calling in to criticise the conduct and competence of the police services.

Lakes State Commissioner of Police, Maj-Gen Saed Abdulatif Chawuol Lom, is alleged to have instructed his officers to arrest Ayak.

Abdulatif is reported to have visited the office of the radio station himself to demand Ayak be taken into custody, after the station’s management refused to hand her over to the police.

Deng Mesheck, the acting director of the station, asked the police, who came in a pick-up truck loaded with policemen, to provide an arrest warrant.

According to Mesheck, one of the police captains responded that they were acting on “the instruction given to them by police high authority” adding that the Chief Inspector of Rumbek Central County police, Mangar Makeny, had given them “unwritten orders” to arrest Ayak.

The acting station manager rejected the demands. The police returned later with four more pick-up trucks full of police, and again ordered Ayak to come with them to the police station.

Ayak was eventually arrested by the police on Monday and held without charge until Thursday when she was released on bail. Despite not charging her with an offence the Chief Inspector of Police in Rumbek Central County Lt-Col Mangar Makeny says the police will be taking Ajak to court for alleged defamation and tarnishing the image of the police.

Lakes State’s newly-appointed Minister of Information and Communication, Charles Badiri Mayen said: “Saed the police commissioner has mastermind this arrest of local journalist Ayak, but later when Saed talk to Governor he distance himself from the case but right sources are telling me that he is behind this arrest.”

This is not the first time Lakes State’s government has arrested journalists without charge. In 2011 two local journalists of Radio Rumbek where arrested by the security services without charge.

The Governor of Lakes State, Chol Tong Mayay, has yet to comment on the incident.


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  • 19 May 2012 07:52, by zulu

    This guy is definitely NCP. He has learnt his tricks from the NCP. No one in south sudan behaves like this

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    • 19 May 2012 14:01, by Frak Cho

      The background building never existed at Rumbek Airport and up to now it’s not there.

      I am not saying the incident didn’t happen but people should be realistic.Whoever went through Rumbek Airport and knew that such a building is existing will have some doubt in this report.

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  • 19 May 2012 08:17, by realperson

    If the public are bieng silence by police because of telling them the truth.Where is the democracy here in SS?Maj-Gen Saed Abdulatif should not copy the ruthless character of Khartoum regime.

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    • 19 May 2012 08:48, by Aarai Baka

      Names can tell were you belong to. Lakes police shouldnt laws into their hands or uprising will start for polices incompetent. Northern Sudan laws cannot be applied here in Southern Sudan, we have freedom of expression, speech and medias freedom.

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    • 19 May 2012 08:50, by Chok Deng

      Shame on Maj-Gen Saed Abdulatif,being critized or blamed is not a crime in Mordern World but for your benefit.Try to re-address those issues which led to your critizism,and u will get no one to critize u.Don’t be a public disorder(not order)police of Khartoum.

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      • 19 May 2012 09:44, by Mou

        Those don’t like public opinion should not stay in their positions. Ayak as a Journalist has constitutional rights and citizens rights to air public opinion. Chol Mayay must be behind this because he want to copy Kiir Mayardit when he arrested Ngor Arol and Deng Ayok illegally. He released them later when he saw the smoke.

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        • 19 May 2012 15:12, by Loko El Pollo


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      • 19 May 2012 10:22, by Lula

        they are not competent to perform their duties in lawful manner,like they did it to issue immediate arrest of civil servant who offer her effort to represent voice of citizens.

        thought she`s wrong she has to be arrested in a legal step of requesting her release from her department to hear accusation.

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        • 19 May 2012 19:40, by Deng Tut

          Exactly I’m agree with your comment; to arrest any Government Official or any person working with a private Institution like those of UN or Diplomatic mission including the Journalist are not to be arrested in that manner at least you find him or her committing an offence otherwise any law enforcement agencies address a letter to the concern institution along with evidence showing the warran

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  • 19 May 2012 10:09, by Morthon Akol

    Dear brothers and sister’s of Lake State. you all miss the point. in any place you cannot refuses if police arrest you if you now that you did do anything wrong why you refuse to go to police for investigation? second is that the acting director Mr. Deng Mecheck is the one who make matter worst at this point police should open a case against hime because he is the one who put Ayak into a problem.

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    • 19 May 2012 10:42, by Kurnyel

      Why some of you are so worry about Saed Abdulatif Chawuol arresting the girl. The people of Rumbek are correctly and one hundred percent Muslim believe me or not our skin stamps are on their hips as our Islamic identification so whenever you people of South Sudan deal with Agar please respect our tradition in them.

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      • 19 May 2012 11:26, by Aarai Baka

        To kurnyel

        U r dreaming boi in ur in station of him being fanatic extremist Islamic.

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  • 19 May 2012 12:07, by I, Myself and Me

    This are the people dragging the country behind. Mr Saed or whatever he called himself you must know that we are not in jungle laws or Khartoum assholes (terrorists) laws. South Sudan is a democratic state where your odds can be revealed. Rumbek is always a disaster in coming to understanding the laws.... I think they all need to be taugh the laws using their mother tongue maybe they can understan

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  • 19 May 2012 15:48, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Kurnyel, there are no muslims in Rumbek as u alleged n if there are, then count them at 00.02 percent of Lakes state population. If islamization has been resisted in Sudan n by South Sudanese in particular, count on Lakes state people.
    Lakes state is 99.98 tradition n christians.
    For Ayak case, she mishandled everything in this area. She would have invited Police Commissioner/chief for this show

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  • 19 May 2012 20:23, by Northern Sudanese




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    • 21 May 2012 22:26, by Elijah B. Elkan

      No kidding!, these guys had learned these crabs from you people. How many journalist your government had killed and how many had been arrested.

      Your (Bashir) president is the world’s most wanted criminal for the killing of it’s citizens dead or alive.

      You (north S.) people are bad example for the new nation, and that’s fact dude!. Hopefully, south Sudan will have intellects to run their country

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  • 28 July 2012 18:21, by danaray79

    Truly impressive and nice information. Thanks for sharing. Essay Writing.

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