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Lakes State suspends editor of state radio station


November 13, 2012 (RUMBEK) - The news editor of Radio Rumbek FM-98, John Madol Panther, has been suspended after allowing the broadcast of items that had not been approved, according to Lakes State Minister of Information and Communication, Charles Badiri Mayen.

Panther, was suspended without pay from 9 November, according to Miraya FM, the UN radio station in South Sudan. Miraya FM has reported that he was suspended because he hosted Daniel Awet Akot the Deputy Speaker of South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly.

While on air, Awet condemned recent fighting in Lakes State which has claimed over 20 lives. Miraya FM reported that a Panther will remain suspended until a disciplinary board looks into the issue.

However, Information Minister Badiri said that allegation broadcast by Radio Miraya are lacked information. He justified Panther’s suspended saying that he had allowed a number of programmes to be broadcast without authorization from his direct boss, Acting Director Peter Maliap Chieng

Badiri described Pather’s suspension as an "administrative procedure and it must continue”. He said that if national MPs and ministers wish to talk on state radio they are accompanied by the state information minister. This was a show of respect, he said, and should not be left to junior staff.

The state minister said that the Acting Director of Radio Rumbek FM-98 had given him information that showed beyond reasonable doubt that Pather should be suspended.

Badiri said that as an editor and not presenter Panther was not allowed to present a program or to host any guest. He was also not supposed to be on duty that night but took over from the presenter to host the Deputy Speaker.

He noted that “necessary measures will be taken against Panther”, adding that “this is the third suspension for Madol in the Ministry apart from explanations and warning letters given to him” by state information ministry.

Despite taking the move the minister said that Lakes State was “friendly” towards any media who wasted to visit South Sudan.


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  • 14 November 2012 08:49, by Paul Chadrack

    Lawless states like lakes, should not be involved in any decission making bodies in South Sudan.

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    • 14 November 2012 12:16, by Big Boy

      Oh my god, another Fake Lakes State Ministry of Info& Commoc, Do you know why Garang move the headquarter’s to another area such Juba, it’s because you don’t understand at all, since then and you are the second failed states to Jungoli in south sudan earth.you are trying to created the rule by yrselves, without follow institution of South Sudan.

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    • 14 November 2012 15:02, by Morthon Akol

      Cdr, Paul, what is wrong with people of Lake not to be involved in any decision?

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    • 15 November 2012 04:24, by Samuel Malual

      @Paul Chadark. You are just a barking dogs who don’t know anything about the role of Lakes State in South Sudan. If ask Salva Kiir to Stepdown from his Presidency, he will immediately do so. Let alone the internet militia of Warrap State or Aweil. Your hatred will soon cause your own life as God is watching you despite your concealment identity.

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    • 15 November 2012 04:29, by Samuel Malual

      Big Boy, John Garang De Mabior have great respect for Lakes State. Who make Juba capital city in 1970s? was it John Garang? Brother you will not escape Lakes soils, on your way to Juba, you will pass through Lake territory. May our soil claim your soul. Amen.

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  • 14 November 2012 10:38, by Dengdittueny

    The suspension of John Madol Panther was only connected to the fact he hosted Daniel Awet Akot who is the chairman of the SPLM in the state. SPLM secretaries including the minister of information charles Badir have not been in good term with SPLM chiarman for the fact that Awet appointed Mabor Ater Dhuol as state acting secretary against their will.Madol has been hosting many ministers without row

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  • 14 November 2012 10:46, by Dengdittueny

    John Madol was suspended because of SPLM differences with the chairman. The party in which Daniel Awet chaired had been denying Awet access to state own radio for the reason best to them. Shame on the minister for giving fales statements.

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  • 14 November 2012 10:58, by Makunon

    Uhuuu, suspended without pay becoz he has hosted Awet who is MP in SSLA and Chairman of SPLM at State level, while Awet condemned death of the pple in the State. Those young Ministers will one day close down the all Ministry becoz of inexperience in politics. chaos.

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  • 14 November 2012 13:00, by Juliet Juliet

    This are policies of Lakes State Governor, He is getting into a situation where he wants to rule with iron fist. This is interference with freedom of speech. From when the ministers or MP are escorted to radio stations. That is a total lies and it even implicate the minister if he monitors the law. We will never developed if such attitudes are not removed. No Room for dictators in this world.

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  • 14 November 2012 13:11, by Makunon

    I have full respect to his excellence the Minister but i think he is talking %$*# on this one.

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  • 14 November 2012 14:00, by Yei Top

    To survive n secure your job in Lakes state (Rumbek), u don’t need to give accurate information. Charles Badiri always gives wrong information and even accepts bribery from hotel managers eg Hill view hotel when a kenyan was claimed to have committed suicide. Sorry

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  • 14 November 2012 18:08, by Young Patriot

    Badiri is a semi-illiterate Minister. He doesn’t even have a basic High School Certificate plus the fact that he is very inexperienced.
    Where on earth can a sensible minister expel a radio presenter for allowing a senior government official who also leads the ruling Party in the state?
    Badiri is behaving like a mad dog and Gov Chol should sack him instantly or else we will kick u out in 2015!

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    • 14 November 2012 19:47, by Dukdal

      Dear Collegues,
      Let’s us be constructive when participating in public affairs. It is mentioned here that Mr. John Madol already has two warning and you can’t tell me those warnings are because of Awet! According to my own understanding Mr. Madol seemed not to be respecting the protocol in his work place.

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      • 15 November 2012 04:39, by Samuel Malual

        Well, our country is rule by illitrate Warrap Man call Salva Kiir. So the entire system is in a mass because of Salva Kiir. Charles Baidri need to go back to School to understand what we mean by freedom of press. Awet Akot is free to talk without Chol Tong accompanying him to any media house. What is wrong with this childish capacity minister?

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