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June 17, 2017 (JUBA) - Authorities in South Sudan have been urged to develop laws to combat rampant online incitement, which they said have exacerbated violence and ethnic tension in the young nation.

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South Sudanese civil society activist Edmund Yakani (The Niles/File)

Jacob Dut Chol, a lecturer at University of Juba, accused some South Sudanese abroad have largely contributed to the problem, citing the widespread dissemination of “fake news” on social media.

"Hate speech is a big and worrying issue in South Sudan. If it’s not addressed on time, it will cause a lot of ethnic polarization, disunity and continue perpetuating the violence for a while," Chol said.

Hate speech is speech which attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as race, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.

Chol called for tougher laws against those involved in online and offline hate speech practices, if the situation is to be controlled.

Citing experiences in Rwanda and Kenya, the Juba University don urged South Sudanese to advocate for responsible use of social media, create hate speech awareness and preach peace building.

"Hate speech can be controlled by tough laws and policies. This therefore calls on the government to urgently come up with legislations. We need to also scale up sensitization against hate speech," Chol stressed.

Edmund Yakani, South Sudanese activist said a recently conducted survey showed that four out of five posts or comments on social media in South Sudan carried hate speech or incitement to violence.

"Hate speech has contributed to the ethnic divisions. And if we don’t get serious, the word South Sudan will soon disappear and we begin identifying ourselves by tribes and ethnicities," Yakani said.

"There is need to mitigate hate speech through contribution from the government by enacting laws that hold the perpetrators of hate speech and anti-peace groups accountable," he added.

The conflict has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions of others while dividing communities along ethnic lines.

A peace deal signed in 2015 between South Sudan’s warring factions failed to end the violence, which has flared in recent months.

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  • 18 June 07:54, by Newsudan

    where are those of midiit,jubaone and the rest,who have been singing Dinka this,Dinka that. tribal hatred cannot resolved our differences but dialogue

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    • 18 June 08:05, by Eastern

      Do you think this will end the attack on the dinka whose primary aim is subjugating the other South Sudanese. Do you think the hate against dinkas is without bases? What happened between the dinka and the luo, dinka and the Equatorian, dinka and shilluk, dinka and Nuer in Juba? You need to change for there to be no hate. Remember if you stifle hate on line; hate will manifest through another mediu

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      • 18 June 12:09, by Joyuma John

        Dear Jubaone/ miitdit etc,
        You have caused a lot of harm on this website to Dinka then what Dinka caused to the nation, I have advised you last time to make freedom through unity, because you all claim to be freedom fighters, freeing who? Freeing every body including Dinka, or else your freedom may sound fake. Don’t keep Dinka to be tolerant to your good words. Try to kill Dinka phobia in you.

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    • 18 June 11:14, by jubaone

      Newsudan,
      This about the most stupid Argument I have read from this bogus so-called academic. He tries to put the cart b4 the donkey. Jienge greed and arrogance is responsible for all these mess. "We liberated the SS and are born to rule" are these not hate statements? Was it not the jienges who said once done with Nuers, they would turn to Equatorians?

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      • 18 June 11:18, by jubaone

        Jienges cant hold the rest as idiots while they continue to rape, kill and loot and expect the rest to talk about "love and unity". Bullshit. Jienges have realized, oh shit! the rest are striking back and are now panicking. Jienge hate speech has been done in houses, villages and after that hey then organized to massacre Nuers, Equatorians and Collos. They didnt go online, so what the fuck?

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      • 18 June 12:12, by Newsudan

        Jubaone
        I don’t see any other solution apart from dialogue. becos,war is affecting all of us.

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      • 18 June 13:49, by Garang Akeen Tong

        Jubaone

        We dinkas, proud of being liberators and born to rule, right? And accept ever tribes, both who were partipated and none.
        Wellcome them to share this cake.
        What gona wrong with you?

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    • 18 June 19:38, by Midit Mitot

      Newsudan,
      Where are those of Makuei Lueth/Kacha, Kuol Manyang etc who were taught South Sudanese youths to air-out the hate speeches? social Media comments are not the problem, try to change your tribal speeches first then the rest will leave it too.

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  • 18 June 08:22, by Newsudan

    Eastern
    let me tell the truth. majority of Dinka are suffering under Kiir regime.in fact thousands flee to Sudan, but some rebels killed innocent Dinka’s who are sometimes don’t support Kiir.you are pushing Dinka to depends the themselves not because of Kiir but becos of rebels ethnic undertone, do you see the way the likes of Jubaone preach against Dinka,

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    • 18 June 08:28, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      How many dinkas now fleeing to Sudan from Aweil and Warrap have criticised Kiir? What we hear routinely is a boost by the JCE to Kiir’s inept leadership. How many times have we heard the dinka people coming out to denouce JCE when they meddle in national issues? The dinkas are already defending [not depending] themselves through Mathiang Anyoors.

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  • 18 June 09:16, by Newsudan

    Eastern this is senseless war, it is better we talk rather than tribal finger pointing

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    • 18 June 10:07, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      Stop this old song of senseless war, blah, blah. Nobody wants to killed and nobody kills for the sack of killing. This war has a rootcause which needs to be addressed once for all. SPLA doesn’t have a ny space for dessenting opinions that’s how it was formed. Dr. Garang was know for killing his opponents. This will take time to change.

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      • 18 June 10:50, by Kuch

        Eastern,
        Yes, there is a root cause to the current mess in the country, your Riek Machar staged a coup on the 15/12/2013 in the two army barracks in Juba to usurp power by force. And when second misadventure to take power by force was foiled. He ran out of Juba to country side & waged an all out tribal armed rebellion against an elected government>>>

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        • 18 June 10:59, by Kuch

          The government has been asking you fellows to stop your aimless armed rebellion & join the national dialogue, but all you losers often sing is war, tribal government, Jieng council of elders (JCE), Jieng this & Jieng that for no apparent reason. If the current government is Dinka dominated then give out the Dinkas in the government names vs other tribes in the government names>>>

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          • 18 June 11:08, by Kuch

            Fellows, the democratic system you fellows often lecture others about, is all about majority----majority rules fellows, minorities are not trampled with either, but represented. But you Riek Machar losers just seem to not know any of what are even fighting for. We know, the Nuers are fighting for their Ngundeng Biong fantasies or superstitions. For some Equatorians though, they are fighting nothing>>>

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            • 18 June 11:16, by Kuch

              But to get the Jenges out of their Juba, little do they know that their Juba is a South Sudan’s capital. Some of these Equatorians & majority of the Nuers, Murles & Fertits were the same people used by our arch enemies during our genuine war of independence. But now the people are the same ones being used by foreign powers to destabilize our country>>>

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              • 18 June 11:25, by Kuch

                And their traitorous acts is not a surprise to any sound minded South Sudanese who was not born after 2005. These fellows have been asked several times that it is wise to set a precedent of getting power by force but through elections. But they are not listening. Their Salva Muir has not even over stated in power, elections are yet to be done. They are the same people delaying the process of going to elections because of their unrealistic>>>

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                • 18 June 11:34, by Kuch

                  demands that they can fight the current government of power by force something that is unlikely going to happen. And if at all their dreams of fighting the current government of power by force were to come true. And the current took up arms & fight the New government to get their power back by force like they did? I think, the new government would not last a month in power to be honest. Riek Machar & his losers don’t factor into their psychies this simple fact>>>>

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                  • 18 June 11:49, by Kuch

                    The only way out of this is national dialogue to stem out our thorny issues, find solutions to avoid their recurrent in in future, amend our constitution & make our solid national financial & land regulatory laws that must be respected by us & whoever that wants to do business with us. So Mr. Eastern, some of who always push for war to regime change the current government seem to be not real South Sudanese, but foreign trolls that just want the South Sudanese>>>

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                    • 18 June 11:58, by Kuch

                      to kill themselves & destroy their country. That is our enemies want anyway no doubt about it. But we will keep informing our lowly informed Riek Machar followers that they are being used by foreign forces & enemies as their pawns/proxies & their Machar & others are being used by the same foreign forces & enemies as their puppets/stooges for their own ends. Remember fellows what the cloned arabs of North Sudan used to tell us>>>

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                      • 18 June 12:11, by Kuch

                        "actual ahbid bel ahbid (kill a slave with with a slave" "actul adu bel adu (kill an enemy with an enemy" Fellows, just look at how Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq or Ukraine are now. The hyenas that destroyed those are here in our country & they are salivating to take over our oil fields like they have done in Libya, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. They are using the likes of Riek Machar to bid for their take over our oil fields fellows. Open your damn eyes & minds fellows>>>

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                        • 18 June 12:34, by Eastern

                          Kuch,

                          So you are still stuck in that narative of coup which only existed in the minds of and cohorts? There was no coup but Kiir wanting to dominate everything within the SPLM. Folks, whether you like it or not, Dr. Machar is a South Sudanese politician with a significant constituent....

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            • 18 June 12:17, by Newsudan

              Kuch
              These are Riek anti peace group/warmongers misinterpreting Ngundeng,prophecies are not implemented but should occurred without being directed

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  • 18 June 10:38, by Newsudan

    Eastern
    killing is not only way of settling disputes,what about dialogue, then election later if u don’t wants Kiir,

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    • 18 June 12:57, by Eastern

      Newsudan,

      How many Mathiang Anyoors who are responsible for displacing the entire population of Equatoria have access to the internet like you have? The dinkas forced this approach from their culture on all South Sudanese as a means of settling disputes. In dinka culture, if you kill or elope with a girl, you ahve to be killed and that’s why dinka land is VERY PEACEFUL!!

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      • 18 June 13:48, by Newsudan

        Eastern
        Ajongo Mawut the new chief of defence will transformed SPLA to be professional army.so that these cases of rape or looting stop,that will make army loyal to a country not individuals. this is how other countries in the world move forward, not army remote control by politicians, then we cannot move forward with this mentality of tribal army loyality misused all the time by our politicians.

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    • 18 June 14:58, by pabaak

      NewSudan
      NewSudan
      Me too I am not a big fan of this government but one thing important is peaceful transition of power whereby people appreciate you and remember your legacy whether is good or bad but what’s bad is when you ousted like Libyan President AlGadafy is what bad in politics. But what I know about people talking against the government and they are not talking of peaceful transition of

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      • 18 June 15:14, by pabaak

        Of power mean they are adding more oil to fire instead for peaceful means so the country can be ready to peaceful transition of power by conducting election and someone trusted will come to serve the nation. But what these people makings noise here against government are not for peaceful transition of power through election either. Some body like Riek Machar know he can not win the election nor

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        • 18 June 15:30, by pabaak

          He can not the win war.and because he is some body like so much to lead no matter what he has to insist to continue in the wrong pass making people surfer as results of his greedy pursuit of power. If is Riek greedy South Sudan could have now become powerful country in Africa.because since 91 New Sudan could have long time been achieved.
          Even 2013 onward South Sudan could have achieved self relian

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          • 18 June 15:45, by pabaak

            In term of development but because of Riek he look for any opportunity to shut down any window to elevated people lives sss now the sector could have boom up but when his greedy come in 2013 he started by shutting down the only oil refinery that was about to help in country development. So if people still looking Riek as some body can bring better government then there must be something wrong with

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            • 18 June 15:56, by pabaak

              With them they suppose to look to groom somebody else instead. The history is not in his favor. I know must of NGOS always site with him but this reality can be change by anyone.

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      • 18 June 15:23, by Newsudan

        Pabaak
        Jubaone should learn from midiit who have been dancing around Machar since 2013 until he see his boss get his ass lock up in south Africa.

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        • 18 June 16:18, by pabaak

          NewSudan
          Those JubaOne or the like these are given much weigh because they either out of context or might have hangover from drugs or all materials distort the mind. People here to talk about the country and how to fix these problems but the talking about jiengs elders council. Dinka, they’re so backwardness and one Wonder how do they think they live here in S. Sudan without Dinka? I don’t count t

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  • 18 June 11:16, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Mr Yakani Edmund,

    Please do not condone impunity. Neither should you support injustice if you are really for law and order. Do you want to lock out news about the suffering of our people under Jieng Council of Elders? Mind you if law and order was strictly followed and institutional changes were made to reflect the composition of all South Sudanese communities, nothing would have happened.

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    • 18 June 14:27, by jubaone

      Yakani of CEPO must be careful how he conducts himself. Where was he or this jienge academic, when Jienges would grab our lands and tell us to give each a bucket of blood if we wanted them back? Where we they, when SPLAnyor raped and killed without mercy. Where were they went jienges have systematically looted the country as it only belonged to them? No we have tolerated this jienge nonsense 4 2 l

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      • 18 June 14:46, by jubaone

        For me Yakani seems like a "political sadist" and bigot. These are the type of Equatorians that have bent down to low and have become submissive like lapdogs. He must criticize bis jienge boses for having brought SS to this point. Perhaps such sadists have enjoyed seeing our sisters raped by these bastards and still smiled.

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    • 18 June 16:29, by Lango2010

      Jurlikang and Jubaone... etc if think anybody saying the truth is the government and supporting Kiir you are mistaken. Most of the problems we have in South Sudan are due to incitement and tribalism. There is only one solution to us to get rid of Kiir or Machar and that is through election a part from that it is impossible.

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      • 18 June 16:35, by Lango2010

        Because we are the one suffering from our ignorance, Equatoria region was peaceful but they were incited by Riak in 2015 and 2016 now we have seen the outcome. Wau in 2016 and the rest of the state will be like that. But if we united ourselves as South Sudanese, we avert the situation and peace will reign among us.

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        • 18 June 18:30, by jubaone

          Lango2010,
          Oh yes Equatoria was peaceful till Riak came. How stupid do you think we Equatorians are? Must someone come and tell us federalism is bad only bcos your are scared? Were our women incited that they got raped, our people displaced? Pls keep your nonsense to yourself. If you are a Jienge hirelings, then join Kiirminal and let others do the job.

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        • 18 June 18:41, by jubaone

          Lango2010,
          If you’re an Equatorian, then you better review your manhood and ask yourself what you could do when you see you sister or mother raped by jienge SPLAnyor. That I think is the unity you are looking for. No wake up. You don’t wait. Take a gun or spear and split him up and castrate him. That is manhood. Not this bogus submissive attitude. Our tolerated is cowardice to these savages.

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  • 18 June 11:49, by Juliet

    The word spoken on social medias aren,t the main anti peace but the grouping of different tribes at any point to incite tribal agenda is the main problem. The literacy is not 30% in south sudan. The main challenge of our unity lie with ethnic politicians and their grouping in any place to incite hate speech

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  • 18 June 11:57, by Theone

    The problem with these tribalists is that they are cowards.
    They never went to war. We used to pick them up in in refugees camps and they always escape back.
    Now most of them live abroad with western welfare because they are lazy too.

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  • 18 June 13:45, by pabaak

    Some people become addicted to hate speech or or is their source of income how you’re going to stop them from their source of living? Some people say that what bring us together are more than what divide us but when people have so appetite for to incitement against others then you will ultimately know that this is not normal thing

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    • 18 June 14:02, by pabaak

      Anyway those who like this so much led them continue practice it but they know your words can kill you too,its become another battle ground so you afraid to faced some one on face you resort to this kind of war using internet and social media. But what I know this wars are winnable in the run. Remember President now Sudan Am Bachiir durning the war had said he finish jieng beginning from Dinka

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      • 18 June 14:18, by pabaak

        Corrections
        These wars are not winnable
        AlBachiir has said to finish Dinka beginning from Dinka Cirun to Dinka Cibaak. But those words and determination has become in real those people who have Will and determination in the long run they will find themselves like a barking dog whilst the the Camel is marching. Some might be out of self control especially those living in places where drugs and all

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        • 18 June 14:27, by pabaak

          Kind of materials led to distortion of mind we also have to account these people who are in constant in hate speech as people who are under influence of drugs and the like

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          • 18 June 18:42, by Garang Akeen Tong

            Pabaak

            Thanks you bro, serious warning, let those have ear hear, and deaf continues.

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  • 18 June 23:36, by Dak tak

    This academician is out of his mind, it wasn’t hate speech that killed unarmed civilians in Juba, and it isn’t hate speech that continue to displace south sudanese neither was it hate speech that sign an agreement with reservations, all these are the issues that incite war all the current incompetent leadership is the cause of all these messings. Malaak ayuen and Makuei Lueth are examples of hate_

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  • 18 June 23:45, by Dak tak

    The duo are examples of hate speech and their tongues only release what incite violent. Remember hate speech was over when the agreement was signed to only reappeared when the current tribal government abrogated it with the intension to kill the first vice president and the subsequent collapse of the agreement.don’t tell me about Taban and Kiir drama used to fool the world. No peace, but war now.

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    • 19 June 06:40, by Eastern

      Dak tak,

      Well observed and stated.....

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    • 19 June 07:04, by jubaone

      Dak tak,
      Blood4blood, eye4eye and tooth4tooth. You said it.

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