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S. Sudan blocks Sudan Tribune website over “hostile” coverage


July 18, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan government has admitted that it blocked access to the Paris-based Sudan Tribune website over its “hostile” news coverage.

“If they [Sudan Tribune website] have been disseminating hostile messages towards us then we have the authority to close them,” information minister Michael Makuei Lueth told Bloomberg Tuesday.

“So many countries have been closing down, even giving total blackout to such media houses which create hostility,” he added.

Multiple sources, however, confirmed that two other news websites were inaccessible on Monday after authorities directed internet providers to block them.

However, the Sudan Tribune and other banned websites remain reachable for our readers in South Sudan when they use Tor Browser or install applications like Fire Onion, Orfox and Tor nado on their smartphones.

The move comes barely two weeks after authorities arrested the head of the state-owned television, Adil Faris Mayat after the station failed to broadcast President Salva Kiir’s Independence Day speech.

Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called for the immediate release of Mayat, who has reportedly been held incommunicado since 10 July.

“We call for this journalist’s immediate release,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk, adding “Frequent arbitrary measures of this kind by the security services and the accompanying impunity are killing media freedom in South Sudan and are holding back a return to peace and national reconciliation.”

After South Sudan obtained independence in 2011, a civil war broke out in 2013 and the ensuing political and security crisis has not spared the media. News outlets have been suspended, newspaper issues have been seized, and journalists have been detained arbitrarily, tortured, harassed, forced to censor themselves or forced to flee abroad.

The war-torn East African nation has fallen 20 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is now ranked 145th out of 180 countries.


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  • 19 July 2017 06:32, by Eastern

    To circumvent this stupidity, do the following, if you are using Viva Cell, MTN or Zain: use a VPN, Tunnel Bear, etc. Makuei will be left licking his wounds!

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    • 19 July 2017 08:01, by Theallseeingeye

      Guys the Gov has done too far with that, its mere denial of information and its absolutely against the constitution, hence I am against that too, but Eastern the Data connection bandwith on Zain, Vivacell, and NTN are two slow to carry thos VPNs traffic, therefore I recommand using "PROXY" its much easier to configure and doesn’t require to download any software here are some of the instruction...

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    • 19 July 2017 09:40, by Newsudan

      very desperate move by govt
      I don’t know whether Makwei Lweth has read the constitution on the bills of rights. including right to information

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      • 19 July 2017 09:51, by Eastern

        The country’s constitution has been binned long time ago...Everything in South Sudan runs on the orders of Kiir....

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    • 19 July 2017 10:30, by South South


      Our country is doing well by ordering shut down of Sudan Tribune. The only people who licking wounds are internet fighters.

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      • 19 July 2017 11:18, by Eastern


        Our country is doing well by ordering shut down of Sudan Tribune. The only people who [are] licking wounds are internet fighters.

        South Sudan National Telecommunication Authority, housed in the building of the late Manoa Majok is just full of outdated folks. The internet in South Sudan is not routed via that Chinese ZTE common gateway in Gumbo. All the NGOs, UN agencies, etc use V-sat

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        • 19 July 2017 11:22, by Eastern

          Even if Kiir deploys NSS asks all NGOs and the UN agencies to block those sites in their individual servers in Juba, one can still access the blocked sites via PROXY SERVERS which is beyond the capacity of the internet service providers. Do you now see the level of sophistication of the Internet fighters? This is something which is beyond the morons in Juba!

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          • 19 July 2017 12:22, by South South


            No single morons in Juba. In juba, we have your president, your leaders and your smart community. The only morons I know for sure are those who sit under computers for long hours to write nonsense. They are powerless, poor and very disorganize. They hope to get back to Juba through internet, that’s not going to happen. Let them live in Diaspora for good. People in Juba make rules.

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    • 19 July 2017 15:25, by Mi diit

      This is one of the signs and symptoms of the failed State.
      Sudan Tribune had been working tirelessly to feed the voiceless since and before the then autonomous government of Southern Sudan until Monday 18th July 2017 when incompetent Kiir through his partner in lying Makuei Luething ordered a bunk decree by block ST’s coverage in Sudan.

      Blocking ST isn’t the end of disclosing your evil deeds.

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  • 19 July 2017 06:33, by Akeen Mangarthon

    The government decision is welcome. They should be block for some time. Because they failed to publish right information and produce their own to public. they are misleading us and causing big hatred. Thanks Hon. Micheal Makuei and Hon. Akol Paul for implementation.

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  • 19 July 2017 16:11, by gatkhor Nueri

    Government of kleptocracy they have a right to controll the media because no one will reports their bad activities.

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