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South Sudan has to remove control over media – right organization


July 5, 2008 (LONDON) — A rights group advocating for the freedom of expression urged the southern Sudan government to remove government control over the media in the semi- autonomous region.

ARTICLE 19 suggests, in a press statement issued yesterday to remove the right of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to exercise any regulatory powers over broadcasting from the draft Bill related to the organization of the ministry.

The freedom of expression watchdog also urges that the broadcasting service Bill and broadcasting authority Bill clarify the independence from the State of the Southern Sudanese Public Service Broadcaster and Independent Broadcasting Authority, respectively.

ARTICLE 19 has been working closely with the Ministry for Information and Broadcasting for the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) and wider Southern Sudanese civil society for the development and revision of the four South Sudanese draft media legislations.

The four draft media bills are: the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Organisation (MoIBO) Bill, Southern Sudan Public Service Broadcasting (SSPSB) Bill, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IAB) Bill and the Right to Information (RTI) Bill.

The press organization welcomed the draft Media Bills saying they are "largely conform to international standards". However, it said indentified area for further improvements to the drafts.

According to ARTICLE 19, all the four drafts of laws lack a preamble or set of guiding principles situating each draft Bill within the broader framework of international human rights law applicable to South Sudan.

The inclusion of guiding principles in the drafts reflects a commitment to respect international and regional instruments protecting freedom of expression rights to which Sudan is a party to;" said ARTICLE 19 Executive Director, Dr. Agnes Callamard.


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  • 6 July 2008 05:10, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Goss must not take a distance from media and Information because those agency must act in legally practice under the power of Goss and ensuring that every piece of information they are trying to broadcastin must be under the guiding principals which they have obtain from Goss,however if Goss does not take serious controll over the media and freedom of expression and huma rights will be violated in other hand,and the fact will face the Goss himself in his own position,because we have some individuals who are trying hard to put high pressure on the freedom of expression such as those of Riek who is aiming for self determination.Therefore whether they are trying to bring a universal organisation to take the responsiblity of media,yet it would be under Goss power.

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    • 6 July 2008 08:26, by Lual Dennis Deng Garang


      GoSS must be respected by some of the writers who are commanding blindly on the public web. it became useless for some of the people/writer to avail secret of the government without limit.lets’ have boundary and limit for our command.respected leaders as you respected and love yourself. it is time to reconcile,united and forgive as it is stated in the bible that forgive those who sin against you,for your heavenly father will revenge against them. sorry guys for going deeply into bible.i was shock when i read one of the article last week about the students who were arrest by security because of citing hatred between two communities in jonglei state. i am advicing you guys to act as civilize guys and leaders of 2morrow. it ’s your chance to post challenges to our leaders and 2morrow gonna be urs. i guess 3/4 of southerners are believers no matter which religious they are. we are all southerners

      Goss must not step in simple thing/ the command webside is there for challenging some weak leaders who has no political career ambitious to people of southern Sudan.

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  • 6 July 2008 06:27, by Martin

    YES, freedom of press and expression is good but everyone has something to hide; even in some countries that most people think to have an excellent system of government through democracy like the United States has a control over the media that spread its news. Government security issues in South Sudan is very vital and I think no media can be allowed to mess with its affairs. For instance, media can expose some news related to public concerns if the government has intent to mistreat particular group(s)of people.

    In addition, South Sudan is not a full and a stable independent country to allow any media interfers with its security affairs. It is the region within the Sudan and its regional government security should be protected until the whole Sudan becomes democratic or divide.

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  • 7 July 2008 03:10, by Kur

    The GOSS must show the people of South Sudan that freedom has arrived, includibg the freedom to express one’s views with out fear. We are a free society and we must remain so.Therefore news agencies in South Sudan must be independent and free to tell us the facts about the GOSS and the world. The NCP style of restriction on the media should not ever touch South Sudan Press. Our brave heros fell in the war that we fought for more than 20 years to bring about unlimited freedom to us. Hence, there is no substitute for the rights of South Sudan citezens to express themselves freely. Please no execuse.


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    • 7 July 2008 08:36, by Mafer

      Kur you got the point, you have said it all. The problem of our people now is that they want to follow the foot steps of the NCP and blame NCP of restrictions. What a controversy and contradiction spirit. South Sudan and the SPLM can not be respect unless they take a different direction to that of NCP in every thing related to governance. Sure, there is one percent of privacy but not ninety nine percent of privacy. Things related to security and military can be respect and be given privacy status, but not things related to corruption and sect-monopoly, tribalism, mismanagement, law bills and so more. Freedom of press and speech!!

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      • 7 July 2008 14:48, by sudanson

        Article 19, are you saying UK government does not have any control whatsoever over the media in Britian? i think you would be considered as a biased & dishonest organisation if you answer yes to that question, all countries that are democratic have control over the media through the ministry of culture and information, the purpose of the goverment is to guide themedia andmake sure it meets and complies with acceptable codes of conduct and standard of media, for example, if a media bring explicit contents or sexual issues that are suitable for minors or for the country the the state ministry of information have the right to set regulations and make adjustments, if the media for example bring false news and brings issues that pose nation threat or can result in terroris then the government has the right to step in and make acceptable adjustments, so you can never say the southsudan ministry of information should give up its rights to control media, that is not logical even in terms of democracy, because democracry does not mean freedom to act out of the law of a state but to act freely within a set rule which goes with the traditions and cu ltures of the people of that state, for example something in britian might not be seen as good in sudan this is due to different traditions and culture so the media cannot have the same rules int hat situation. GOSS has to keep guidence, monitoring and regulatory responsibility over the media but themedia has to be free untill it breaks the rules which violate the norms of tradiitions and culture of the sudanese people.

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