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South Sudan releases two journalists without charges


November 18, 2011 (JUBA) – South Sudanese security services released today two journalists arrested 18 days ago without charges, one of the two detainees Peter Ngor Arol Garang told Sudan Tribune just after his release.

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Sudan Tribune journalist Ngor Garang (ST)

Ngor who is a Sudan Tribune journalist and the editor-in-chief of the newly established The Destiny newspaper had been arrested on 1 November after the publication of an opinion article written by Dengdit Ayok criticising the South Sudan President, Salva Kiir Mayadrit, for allowing his daughter to marry with an Ethiopian national.

His colleague Dengdit was arrested on 5 November.

"I have just been released without charges after spending 18 days in closed detention," wrote Ngor after his release in a short email he sent to the Sudan Tribune. He thanked all those who contributed in a way or another for his release.

International and local human rights and press freedom groups condemned the illegal arrest of the two journalists and called for their release. Also, the South Sudan delegate to the United Nations was questioned by journalists about his arrest.

The two journalists were held in a detention facility run by the security service in Juba and no formal charge had been made against them.

Sources close to the file, told Sudan Tribune three days ago that their case had been decided to transfer them to the police.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir slammed the two journalists saying in remarks he made about their arrest on 10 November "media freedom should not be abused to the extent of attacking personalities. In any case that will be defamation."

In a statement issued Friday to announce their release Amnesty International said “Ngor had been beaten" by the security services.

"He and Dengdit Ayok are now reunited with their families, and will go for a medical check-up in Juba on 19 November."

Dr. Dhieu Mathok, another editor of The Destiny said the practice of arresting journalists in South Sudan needed to stop.

"This is a great mistake to arrest a journalists and released him without
charges", he said, urging the young nation to "protect press freedom”.

This year there have been at least attacks on press freedom in South Sudan according to the country’s union of journalists. Despite having self rule since 2005 the SPLM, South Sudan’s ruling party has not passed an Information and Broadcasting, leaving many journalists unclear as to where they stand and what they are allowed to write.


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  • 19 November 2011 10:41, by siddaw

    shame on the government of Southern Sudan for arresting the journalists Ngor Garang and Deng.
    it’s clearly stipulated in the constitution that there is a freedom of expression. why was then Ngor arrested for his article, despite he was criticizing the president? anyway. let me thank God that Ngor is out the cell.


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    • 19 November 2011 11:33, by Bush


      There are a lot of good things that’s going on in South Sudan that need to be written about, why is someone just choosing sensitive matters to make himself popular? Why not criticize the president about the corruption issues and other things? Those with Arab mentality like you and Ngor should watch out.

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  • 19 November 2011 10:45, by siddaw

    To Ngor.
    despite the will persecute you due to your article. don’t surrender. the soil itself will protect you if the people are tormenting you for your right.

    keep the fire burning.

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    • 19 November 2011 11:16, by Bush

      TO: Ngor

      This is just a warning, being a journalist doesn’t qualify you to do everything. Were you the who wanted to merry her? why are you so jealousy? What’s wrong with her marrying a foreigner? and you claimed to be a learned person in the society. Don’t you know that some Southerners even married to whites? You are still backward man, grow up with the world.

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      • 19 November 2011 12:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Thank you brother Mr BUSH you know what is wrong man.

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      • 19 November 2011 15:31, by Deng Tut

        Good Mr. Bush. your comments are really prefect, in fact the world has been change and it is good today that our journalist should understand some point of view about the change which takes place around our traditional. In addition to that to arrest them will not solve the problem of misunderstand of the journalist who are trying to criticized our president. The good thing is to return them to sch

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    • 19 November 2011 15:30, by Deng Tut

      Good Mr. Bush. your comments are really prefect, in fact the world has been change and it is good today that our journalist should understand some point of view about the change which takes place around our traditional. In addition to that to arrest them will not solve the problem of misunderstand of the journalist who are trying to criticized our president. let the return back to school.

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    • 19 November 2011 16:40, by mon-mandhal


      Away with yuor evl way of risking their lives.what re u adding more oil on fire by encouraging them to repeat what they were abuot to leave the second world for third ,were is yuor concern here ?

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  • 19 November 2011 11:03, by J P Puok

    Friends the graph of live is never straight ! swallow the pills how bitter it may be ! welcome back to liberation path though thorny it may be walk on it bye bye !

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  • 19 November 2011 11:40, by Alier42

    Shame on anybody who was behind the arrest of two professional journalists,without charges labelled against them,

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    • 19 November 2011 12:04, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Alier92 i am behind their arrast and God know that they two journalists has cross the redline. If those two boy were about say somethinf about Ethiopia marry my anty than why didn’t they talk as relative not as journalists.

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    • 19 November 2011 16:50, by Yanga Wani

      Shame on Mr. Alier42 do you know president kiir deserve privacy. I am not say he should not be criticize. I am in USA, here in America you are allow to criticize president as you need e.g thief, evil,etc but never never never talk about his/his family! you will drink hottest tea in daylight. Those two are lucky! Privacy Privacy Privacy must be respect!
      Yanga Wani

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      • 19 November 2011 23:25, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Dear Mr Yanga Wani,

        Who is Salva Kiir to you? Don,t you know that Salva Kiir is just somebody like you? My friend insulting can be for anyone who done a mischievious thing. Salva Kiir is one of the mischievious leader in South Sudan who can be condemned according to the wrong allegations he always committed.

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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        • 20 November 2011 08:22, by Yanga Wani

          Is better to condemned his leadership weakness, not his family. One thing, you never be into Bilpam or Tharpam as you said, don’t filled yourself with those words. Truly to ensure you I am not in South Sudan, I am in USA, but I was once in those places.

          Yanga Wani

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          • 20 November 2011 11:55, by AUGUSTINO DENG

            Mr Yanga Wani,

            You are from Dor community by the way,and that is why you are trying to argue with me. If you was from Tharpam, who was the one in charge of Jech la mer from Tharpam in 1987 to 1989? I think you don’t know what is Tharpam, and you never went there completely. Shame on you.

            By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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            • 20 November 2011 17:44, by Yanga Wani

              Yes I am from Dor’s community but don’t for get that I am from South Sudan. Your other Q? I was not under leadership of Majak Got. I am not so call "Terrap". I finished my boot camp in Dimma under leadership of Dr.Atem, Peter Parnyang, etc. In Dimma we were centre powerful of movement "ya comrade ey ta". We capture many towns you.

              Yanga Wani

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  • 19 November 2011 13:28, by khan junior

    "Cross the Lion-den and meets the consequences" I can correctly guess how these two innocent citizens suffer in the hand of those atrocities.

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    • 19 November 2011 15:18, by Waucity

      They are not free with no charges and torture..So you people will now keep silence..Thanks.

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  • 19 November 2011 16:54, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    There are no "legitimate rules" in South Sudan at all. Journalists have right to spread any information whether good,or bad to the people. It is the job for the journalists to do that. South Sudan is the most country full of "dead brain" leaders who do not balance what is good and bad. Shame on all Southern Sudanese leaders starting from Salva Kiir to the rests.

    By Augustino Deng.

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    • 19 November 2011 18:34, by Bol Pur

      Whoever calling Ngor Arol professional has done a mistake. Ngor deserved to be arrest because of his lies and wrong articles he use to published in Tribune. Who told them President daughter marriage to foreigner make news? They deserved to be arrested and taken to court charged with President Family defamation.

      Ngor and Manyang Mayom in Lakes state articles are lies please don’t trust them.

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  • 19 November 2011 21:25, by Mayar

    many of you here don’t know exactly what they are talking. how can you blame journalist when they wrote about a wedding that was made public, it wasn’t private. If president want his family protected, he should have choose the wedding private.

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  • 19 November 2011 22:49, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. Ngor, want to make name for himself by showing his disapproval of president daughter marriage to a foreigner. Mr. Ngor, there are consequences with reckless writing. This should be clear lesson for Journalism 101. Don’t do it again!.

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  • 20 November 2011 08:11, by siddaw

    to any bastard who’s supporting the arrest of Mr. Ngor.
    i can call you the nitwit person who’s blind folded by your president who have lost his celebral cortex. the weeding of daughter was made public and Mr. Ngor has fundamental right to published it. it’s not bad for Kiir’s daughter to be married by a foreigner since no South Sudanese was interested in her to her status of giving her pride......

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  • 20 November 2011 08:22, by siddaw

    I personally, i’m in love with Kenyan girl but that doesn’t make the journalist to be arrested. his work is to desseminate the news outside. oh my God. what is this senseless ruling of a man with traditional tatoos in his head? what do u expects to come out of such head? this are the disadvantages that we’ll always face.
    Kiir, we are tired of ur toilet govt which hinder the right of individual.

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    • 20 November 2011 09:33, by Yanga Wani

      Then if you are in love with Kenyan girl, what qualify you to support that journalist who invaded Mr.Kiir’s family.

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      • 20 November 2011 13:48, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Mr Yanga Wani,
        Why are you attached yourself to Salva Kiir like this?
        Are you married to Salva Kiir?
        You are supposed to refrain yourself from supporting Salva Kiir. Wrong is wrong and we Southern Sudanese we can not withstand with Salva Kiir went he doesn’t know the right of others people. On my own analysis, Salva Kiir committed a wrong step, and he can be blame for that.

        By Augustino

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        • 20 November 2011 17:24, by Yanga Wani

          Simple, Mr. Kiir is my senior elder and president. More importantly, there is no connection between Kiir and his fairs! Those are my concrns

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          • 20 November 2011 17:50, by Yanga Wani

            I mean there is no connection between Kiir leadership and his family affairs

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  • 21 November 2011 10:02, by Mila Eluzai

    Thank you Mr.President for the pardon you have given to the Journalists.You are really a true Leader.
    But again Journalists,when you are reporting things,do not touch on private issues.Report on National issue that can bring mental change as much of us are still traumatized with war and speak with tongues of fire yet.You still have the responsibility of changing the nation.

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  • 22 November 2011 02:50, by Mayar

    Those two journalists are brave enough to speak up for what they believe is right, they are heroes of our social revolutions. "If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live."
    Martin Luther King jr

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