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Journalists beaten by police in Juba, UN concerned over death of columnist


December 07, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan police detained three journalists from the Gurtong website on Friday in the capital Juba, two days after a leading political commentator, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

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South Sudan police from the Buluk area of Juba putting the driver of the Gurtong reporters’s car into a police van. (Photo: Gurtong)

At around 10am the journalists’ driver was arrested and taken to a police station after he failed to show his driving licence. The incident occured on the road to Hai Referendum in Gudelle , the western suburb of the capital where Awuol was killed early on Wednesday morning.

The three reporters say they followed the police car which had taken their colleague to Bukul police station but when they entered a scuffle broke out and they were all beaten and detained. The police had wanted to delete photos taken by the journalists, one of the reporters said.

However, the pressmen added, a more senior police officer intervened and released the reporters, recommending that they open a case against the police for mistreating them.

The spokesman of the South Sudan Police Services, Col. James Monday, told UN Radio Miraya FM’s ’Inside South Sudan Program’ at 5 pm on Friday that the three policemen who were involved had been placed in detention for further questioning.

One of the journalist told Sudan Tribune that the police "did not know that we journalists" until they started taking photographs at the police station. Although they had press cards, the journalists said that they did not have time to show them to the police before they were beaten and detained.

He said that their cameras and recorders were taken from them as the policemen wanted to delete any information or photos taken but the equipment was returned upon their release.

All the three journalists work for the Gurtong website, one of the online publications that the late Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol used to write for before his death.


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  • 8 December 2012 07:25, by George Bol

    Democracy is not about suppressing freedom of expression. For me, South Sudan is in the darkest side because it leaders are the one plotting the killing. Country leaders that hate educators and democratic system are damn to fail.

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    • 8 December 2012 10:45, by king of Africa

      My friend South Sudan is a worst place to live in now. Life has become so cheap. A country with out government. If there is government, there is DEMOCRACY. It’s a failed nation. The uncles with big bellies in the Council of Minister are delaying Media Bill. It’s a life demanding choice to be an opinion writer or a journalist in Juba. UUpps! I grieved!!!

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    • 9 December 2012 07:08, by Dinkawarrior

      South Sudan is on sale!
      To the World’s Smarters and largest Criminals, we are selling our dumbasses criminals to you. If you’re out there, we would like you to join us and we will work together in order to get the hell out on our necks. The so called Dr. Cowboy and Dr. Holocaust are now becoming our problems instead of them to be a solution. We sick and tied of them, please join us.

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  • 8 December 2012 07:39, by Jur Tier

    South Sudan should stop a communist’s style of silencing the cretics of the government through killing. We separated from the North due to such activities.
    Without the people there would be no any government in the world let alone South Sudan.And without the government people can do better for themselves. You need to define:
    1. What is government?

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  • 8 December 2012 07:46, by Jur Tier

    2. What is democracy?
    3. what is government for the people?
    4. What is the government of the people?
    The world is watching your dirty hands on the innocents. You have not satisfied of stealing their billion of dollars and you are taking on their lives further.
    To all Southerners
    I am a south sudanese living abroad and have a feeling that our country is heading at a mystries way.

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    • 8 December 2012 09:20, by master

      mr / Jur
      let us from slogans it doesn’t work
      now u r free from arab oppressors
      how it’s look like?

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    • 8 December 2012 14:40, by Nyakuzuny

      Brother we are all know the Democractic Rule but we have problem for Corruption, we all joint this corruption first before development of the people.

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  • 8 December 2012 08:06, by wang

    I lost my trust from South Sudanese journalist after they were given falsest reports to that useless organization called Amnesty International as SPLA were Committed a terrible crimes in Jonglei during disarmament.

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    • 8 December 2012 13:02, by bianaathling

      We really need to pray harder such that our Country will be in peace although unnecessary situations are still raising.in fact the the Nation still young and there is no need to practice such as crimes like beating journalists, torturing, and also killing those who speaks the truth.Let us not loose hope these are always challenges faced by any new Nation and one day one time these things will end.

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  • 8 December 2012 08:58, by Bol Pur

    What is going on in South Sudan? No need of media again? God help us.

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  • 8 December 2012 18:05, by Philosopherking

    What good has Salva Kirr’s Government done in South Sudan for South Sudanese? NOTHING! Corruption ($4bn+), Murders (daily), Education (worst) Security (untrustworthy), Food Security (nil), Health Care (none), International relations (damaged), Nepotism(highest), Education (worst), Transport (dust), Economy (austerity) Peace (war mongering), Leadership (blind), Freedom of press (enemy #1).

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    • 8 December 2012 18:10, by Philosopherking

      South Sudanese need a break from this thugs. All those serving this government be aware, all the evils of this government will go down into your records...as having served one of the worst governments in modern history of the world. We need change now. Please stay away from this government. We need a parliament backed civil protest to make it clear to the government we are tired. Enough is enough.

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    • 8 December 2012 18:18, by Philosopherking

      Another thing Citizens can do is to use their smart phones, take pictures and videos of any inappropriate behavior by government agencies and upload it for the world to see. Please ensure, it is safe to do so. For without photographic evidence, government will always deny every case brought to their attention. Do not rule out using security cameras in your homes....they will help trace the thugs!

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  • 9 December 2012 09:21, by Foxtail

    just wondering why these guys are so carefully with mosquitos and are much reluctant to act on the tsetseflies that causes permanent disability on anybody. the thing is, every evening, bodyguard come here! call 4 me all intellectuals, tyrants n relatives. read 4 me all news and opinions 1 by 1. 4 opinions, tell me who writes it and group it under BAD OR GOOD COLUMN! how many bad guys do we have?

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  • 9 December 2012 09:30, by Foxtail

    one or two! so tell me what do we do about them? do in or leave? do in sir!!!!! ok tick it! but what do we need to carry out the task? check the container for soundless guns and here is your cheque for the job well. but remember, I don’t want to hear him screaming.
    wonderful! dudes, you should keep your asses well off from the evening table.

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