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S. Sudan denies harassing, arresting journalists

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August 2, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government on Friday dismissed a joint report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International which highlighted cases of harassment, intimidation and unlawful detention of journalists by National Security Service (NSS) members.

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

Information minister Michael Makuei said the young nation currently enjoys the highest standard of media freedom in the region.

“I think our Journalists are the only people enjoying full rights in the region,” said Makuei, claiming that local reporters attend every meetings and discussions on national issues, without any restrictions

However, he warned journalists to be careful while covering certain areas like security.

“In South Sudan we have given freedom to the journalists except on issues to do on national Security which is the Security of nation and his people,” he said.

Since the fighting started in December, reporters have been cautioned not to interview members of the opposition led by former vice-president Riek Machar, the two leading rights entities said in their joint report. A number of publications, it said, have also been seized by security agents acting on orders from the government.

“The government clampdown takes place at a time when South Sudan most needs independent voices to contribute to discussions about how to end the political crisis and internal armed conflict,” said Elizabeth Ashamu Deng, a South Sudan researcher at Amnesty International

There have also been calls for an end to these abuses and for South Sudan’s parliament to ensure proper oversight of the NSS, in line with international human rights law and standards.

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  • 3 August 07:46, by adamu

    A law grad. without civility as his barbaric personality could tell. junubin let us relax our facial muscles so the media doesn’t portray us as ugly and emotional bestial s.
    Good luck junubin.

    repondre message

    • 3 August 08:33, by Mr Point

      I found a climate of fear in Juba. Even Dinka are afraid to talk about the issues that concern us because security may be nearby. It is not possible to talk politics like Reform or Federalism.

      It was not like this in Garang’s day. The SPLM was for freedom, not dictatorship.

      Now only the Internet allows ideas to be discussed. Even here the comments are wasted on children with tribal notions.

      repondre message

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