Home | News    Friday 11 April 2014

S. Sudanese police vow to protect journalists against threats

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 10, 2014 (JUBA) – Members of South Sudanese police services say it is their duty to provide a conducive environment for journalists despite accusations of harassment.

Police spokesperson Col. James Monday Enocka told Sudan Tribune in an interview on Wednesday that the allegations of police obstructing reporters from working during the night would be seriously taken through investigations.

“I don’t think there is any intention to hinder the operation of the media as far I know according to the law,” said Enocka.

Last week, Citizen TV, the country’s only private station announced it has closed down allegedly due to detention by authorities of its staffs during night shifts.

“No authority has told us to stop, but [the] situation necessitated taking this painful decision,” said Nhial Bol, the editor of CTV and the Citizen newspaper.

But Enocka said he cannot believe the entire narration of circumstances leading to shutting down the TV operation and “we met brother Nhial [its editor] over this.”

He said the curfew imposed following what the government the government called a coup attempt by former vice president Riek Machar in December does not restrict legitimate movement at night says reporters won’t be prevented to travel anytime because they are coming from work.

“I am sure any reasonable personnel will not do that,” he added.

“We respect the media. We want to give them, and it is our duty to give them, that protective environment so that they can be able to disseminate information,” said Enocka.

A number of reporters alleged being threatened by security apparatus in across South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December.

Presently, there are no media laws in the new nation thus making it hard for media practitioners to draw the line between the dos and don’ts of the profession.

(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.

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


Invisible, Forgotten, and Suffering: Darfuri Refugees in Eastern Chad 2016-04-28 18:24:28 By Eric Reeves There are more than 20 million refugees worldwide—and half of them are children. Moreover, according to the UN High Commission for refugees, 86 percent of these refuges are in (...)

Return of Dr. Machar to Juba and next political move 2016-04-26 22:23:10 By James Okuk After exhausting the immature dramatic politicking about return of Dr. Riek Machar to Juba to take up his duties as the First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan for 30 (...)

Darfur referendum results are nothing but foregone conclusion 2016-04-25 21:27:20 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman The News media owned by the ruling regime of the National Congress Party (NCP) are quoted as saying that the people of the Darfur in the region that doomed by civil wars (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Open Letter to President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice President Dr. Riek Machar 2016-04-18 12:36:12 South Sudan Women United April 15, 2016 Your Excellencies: South Sudan Women United writes to congratulate you both on the steps you are taking towards ending violence in South Sudan and (...)

Report on a tour of the SPLM-N secretary-general in the Nuba Mountains 2016-04-02 07:11:03 Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) *** Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan March 30, 2016 · The SPLM-N is for peace, but the Addis Ababa Agreement will co-opt the opposition into the (...)

Sudan: Silencing women rights defenders 2016-03-31 20:22:15 Human Rights Watch Sudan: Silencing Women Rights Defenders Sexual Abuse, Intimidation by Security Forces (Nairobi, March 24, 2016) – Sudanese security forces have used sexual violence, (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2016 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.