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W. Bahr el Ghazal denies arresting journalist

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December 12, 2012 (JUBA) - Senior government officials from Western Bahr el Ghazal denied on Wednesday reports claiming that a journalist based in the state had been arrested for visiting people in hospital who had been wounded in protests during a protest in Wau Hospital.

The United Nations have reported the 10 people died in clashes triggered when
police and soliders attempted to dissemble road blocks established in protest against the government’s decision to move the administrative headquarters of Wau County out of Wau town.

South Sudan’s army has denied that anyone has died in the protests.

Multiple sources in Western Bahr el Ghazal told Sudan Tribune on Monday and Tuesday that Achan Madut was arrested on Monday afternoon and held until around 5pm after she visited people wounded during recent protests. Madut, who works for the Catholic Radio Network spoke to Sudan Tribune on Wednesday and described the reports of her arrest as a "misunderstanding".

However, she would not confirm or deny reports she was "mishandled” by the police and security forces. "Security personnel asked me to identify myself and why I was at the hospital. They also asked me not to take pictures, which I did. This was what happened and I think this is what some people may have heard."

Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Minister of Information told Sudan Tribune on that “no journalist has been arrested". Derik Alfred Uya added that Madut had attended press conferences in Wau on Wednesday.

Rizik Dominic Samuel, the state’s security advisor also denied that any journalist had been arrested, as did Justin Saleh, an executive Press Secretary for the state governor said he had no idea about report of the arrest journalist. “All journalists in the state are free. None of them is arrested”, Saleh told Sudan Tribune.

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  • 13 December 2012 14:04, by Raanchol

    Dear WBGS Governor,
    There is a saying that says," Each and every dog has its own day",don’t attempt to forget such a tragic event bcz it will still come back for you one time one day,you were born and the last thing for you after your birth is death automatically whichever procedure you will follow to die,God is a God of possibilities not of denial,May their souls R.I.P Amen.

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    • 13 December 2012 14:27, by Love for the Nation

      Whoever blames the governor sound to me like a fool coz hw can you reject the government policy of taking town to people and you took arms against your own government you elected.yuoths must take grt8 about the failed politicians who instigate them to die like what had hapenned.the commissioner who resigned have to be investigated thoroughly he is responsible for the death of innocent guys.

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  • 13 December 2012 15:43, by Opoka p’Arop Otto

    Dear Sudan Tribune & the reporter/writer (for above story)
    I am writing to you to request the writer & the editorial team at the online news-wire to verify the source of the story.
    In my opinion, Achan Madut was not arrested by security operatives during or after the protests in Wau town.
    Whomever was arrested must be sought & the story corrected.
    I hope this story doesnt cause problems for he

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  • 14 December 2012 13:20, by jienge

    Mr Opoka
    Don’t worry about your sister anymore. At least south Sudanese know about her arrest now. Denying will do you no good at all because next she would be raped or killed by these crooks and nobody will give damn about it, because of your denial!

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