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Civil society body urges lifting of media restrictions in S. Sudan

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July 11, 2019 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese civil society body has appealed to country’s authorities to lift restrictions on all online media outlets operating in the young nation.

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

“Among some of the actions are lifting the restriction on the online media outlet namely Alwatan Arabic newspaper, Radio Tamajuz and Sudan Tribune as a sign of building new page for partnership for society progress,” Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) in a release issued Friday.

It added, “Prioritizing efforts for making media freedom obey, fulfill and expected in the country should be obligation for all”.

CEPO, in the statement, strongly urged the leadership of South Sudan to do more on the observation of media freedoms with the recent positive developments of the media authority in South Sudan.

“CEPO will be undertaking actions on media freedom engagement as follow; increasing partnership with others stakeholders’ on facilitating dialogue on media freedom; creation of national media platform in partnership with Media Authority and Access to information Commission and Initiation of Annual National Report on the Status of Media Freedom,” it stressed.

In July 2017, South Sudan government blocked access to the Paris-based Sudan Tribune website over its “hostile” news coverage.

After South Sudan obtained independence in 2011, 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.

South Sudan is ranked 139th out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index. According to Reporters Without Borders, at least 10 journalists have been killed in the young nation since 2011.

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  • 13 July 02:29, by Pakuai

    South Sudan civil society are doing their own job of reminding authorities to respect media spaces. Many senior South Sudan officials l know are not against media freedom or journalists persee. But rather, some South Sudanese amateur journalists just write any rubbish that spring into their amateurish minds. And propaganda is as news is pretty much dangerous and Mr. Peter Gadet Dak 2016 Facebook post about Mr. Riek Machar being arrested at J1 is a testament of a bad joke>>>>

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    • 13 July 02:55, by Pakuai

      The US, the CIA and other snoopy countries secret agents often bribe some journalists to ghost write articles on their behave and these ghost written articles on behave of CIA are always to ’change the perception and minds’ of population of country or countries the US and her allies have interests in to regime change their elected government officials whom they see as unbendable to their wall Street, London and their subsidiaries>>>

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      • 13 July 03:09, by Pakuai

        Most of Sudan Tribune and others are always ghost written by South Sudanese and North Sudanese on behave of these foreign agents l just stated above. And their interests to impact the invests of the US, the UK, their gulf Arab states’ financiers, their Israel attack dog, their UN and their sleazy NGOs interests. Over 80% of influential media houses in the US and the UK are owned by the big corporate banks, and those big corporate banks are owned the Rothchilds, Rockefeller and their subsidiary families and most of the news they spew out 24/7 is over 80% staged and controlled news>>>>

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        • 13 July 03:19, by Pakuai

          The New York Times, which used to be most respected paper around the world, is these used to TRUMPET propaganda machines on a country the CORPORATE AMERICA would want to invade. South Sudanese people with brains know who pay for South Sudan civil society pretty well. Anyway, let just keep it low fellows. And keep it low on your side or else, you and your financier would find yourself unnecessary in blue house. South Sudanese people want peace and foreign puppets/stooges and their foreign masters have been put on notice>>>

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          • 13 July 03:35, by Pakuai

            In the US, the UK and others, they have been making a lot of noises about the Russian Federation interfering in their US elections and the UK referendum for leaving the European Union by using ’Facebook’ to influence their citizens minds or ways to vote they way they had voted ’Mr. Donald Trump and leaving the European Union’. I for one don’t if another country can alter another country’s citizens to vote the wrong or against their own interests. Yes, another in these day and age may interfere. But l doubt another country can tell another country’s Citizens how to cast their own votes>>>

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            • 13 July 03:47, by Pakuai

              And why would a country like the Russian Federations would be the only country on earth to interfere with the US elections and the UK leaving the European union referendum? Some brainwashed citizens of the US or the UK believe that absurd propaganda machines. After all the US and the UK are the masters of ’meddlers of other countries’ internal affairs. But the creeps consider themselves the *masters of the World, the oxygen of the world or the countries that control the world’s oceans waves’. Good luck to the criminals>>>

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              • 13 July 03:59, by Pakuai

                Other media platforms like ’Intagram, WhatsApp, Weibo, Twitter et al are just like ’Facebook’ but why ’Facebook’ alone?. It doesn’t make sense. My lowly informed South Sudan fools. For those of us who have studied with evil white Americans, English people, their evil juus (so-called israelis) and some of their creeps in between and know and have an absolute contempt towards these vermin. We all tell our lowly informed our losers to let us round up anything, that is connected to evil white Americans, English people>>>

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                • 13 July 04:08, by Pakuai

                  our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, UNIMISS, their evil juus (so-called israelis), Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), some of their Bantuses and their gulf Arab states financiers, kill them and throw them into the Nile and be done with them. The evils covet our country and our people to death. Our country is not part of evil so-called ANGLO-AMERICAN empire, never has and will never ever will under the sun or even in million years, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.>>>

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                  • 13 July 04:20, by Pakuai

                    The evils consider our country to be their *new DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the Carribbean countries* during their so-called COLD WAR. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. These vermin will never leave our country and our people alone without blood. The so-called *Brexit* is being negotiated over OUR COUNTRY and OUR PEOPLE and our cloned so-called arab North Sudan. The evils in the devil infested lsland of England even *pray and swear* that there cannot be "North Sudan and their own livelihoods" without South Sudan and the South Sudanese people>>>>

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                    • 13 July 04:31, by Pakuai

                      We keep informing our losers who worship these vermin. That these vermin consider South Sudan and South Sudanese people their own ’scoops or their so-called most strategic fools’ they will always use as their ’front lines’ or ’expendable fools’. Fellows, lowly informed South Sudanese fools. Our people are considered on par with indigenous *Americans, Canadians, South America or Carribbean, Australia or New Zealand or Southern African Bantuses who welcomed the Dutch and English criminals into their own countries>>>

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                      • 13 July 04:55, by Pakuai

                        But fellows, here in the Dinkas/Muonyjiengs of the Sudan these vermin are not welcomed whatsoever. The evils have been trying to use their *cheap and dirty intrigues* over our country and over our people with their lies that South Sudanese are dying of *malnutritions and lack power of food*. We have a lot of ’cattle’ than Uganda, DRC, Kenya, Abesh (so-called ethiopia) and North Sudan combined’. But these vermin are so fixated on our country and our people simply because there are criminals who consider these vermin anyone>>>>

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                  • 13 July 05:00, by Pakuai

                    The evils consider our country to be their *new DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the Carribbean countries* during their so-called COLD WAR. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. These vermin will never leave our country and our people alone without blood. The so-called *Brexit* is being negotiated over OUR COUNTRY and OUR PEOPLE and our cloned so-called arab North Sudan. The evils in the devil infested lsland of England even *pray and swear* that there cannot be "North Sudan and their own livelihoods" without South Sudan and the South Sudanese people>>>>i

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                  • 13 July 06:05, by Pakuai

                    The evils consider our country to be their *new DRC, Angola, Mozambique, Abesh (so-called ethiopia), Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the Carribbean countries* during their so-called COLD WAR. My lowly informed South Sudanese fools. These vermin will never leave our country and our people alone without blood. The so-called *Brexit* is being negotiated over OUR COUNTRY and OUR PEOPLE and our cloned so-called arab North Sudan. The evils in the devil infested lsland of England even *pray and swear* that there cannot be "North Sudan and their own livelihoods" without South Sudan and the South Sudanese people>>>>i

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  • 14 July 22:59, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    Crackdowns and legal restrictions on civil society are often preceded by calculated campaigns to undermine the legitimacy of CSOs. This is true of organizations working on human rights and accountability issues, which are often branded as representing “foreign” according to setting governments in Africa

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    • 16 July 15:33, by Midit Mitot

      Gender Activist Ter Manyang,

      Our country government has been started to lead by illiterates, human rights is nothing.

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