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Journalists union urges South Sudan to release detained editor


October 12, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — The Sudan Journalists General Union has called for the release of the editor of The Citizen who has been detained by the South Sudan government.

Nhial Bol, editor-in-chief of the Citizen paper, was arrested Friday after he published an article discussing high salaries paid to officials in South Sudan’s ministry of legal affairs.

The Journalists’ Union said Sunday the government should respect the Press and Publications Act, 2004 and the instructions by the Minister of Justice not to detain journalists in cases of public opinion.

"I have been told I will be held for three days without bail," Bol said yesterday.


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  • 13 October 2008 06:53, by J.James


    I am really feeling pity for Mr. Bol the really southerner. Nhial Bol has been jailed by arab regimes for tens of times if not hundred times for publishing truth about Khartoum injustics, and now the greed folks from his own region added more wound on his already weakened body. This is ridiculus indeed.

    For 22 years, southerners fought to achieve democracy and now some leaders prefered dollars than democracy what the shame.

    Anyway, all in all, Nhial Bol must be realised without pre-conditions for God’s sake. Please give journalist space to do their job because those who threaten journalist freedom normally threaten world democracy and therefore they will face ICC and we will approve that uninamously.

    I hope that work

    God bless.

    The writer is the spear hunter around Nanaham, Kongkong, and Lotila rivers, the next democratic president of south sudan.

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    • 13 October 2008 14:26, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      Dear any concern

      Its really pitting news if we are pretending that we are all Southern Sudan and we are mishandling other, unless we eradicating the evil heart we have.
      Mr. Nhial was like Alfred Taban in Khartoum who was not caring of his being indanger.
      Nhial offer his life for Southern Sudan by publishing the concealed news by Arabs but as now shock news came which we are not expecting the Government to do, Nhial must be release if the Government is for Sudanese not for individual I therefore further say Nhial was not publishing Arabs concealing news for himself but for the sake of Southern Sudan and SouthernSudan are you.

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      • 13 October 2008 16:13, by Chameleon Chameleon

        Mr. James,

        There is a freedom of speech and freedom of press in Southern Sudan but journalists need to be careful about slander and libel when published their artcles otherwise government have legitimate right to sue them if they’re not sincere in their work or posted inappropriate articles that harm government. In fact, I do actually condemn Bol arrest but his alleged complain connot be improved in a way he expressed his doubt about corruption. He said," Corruption spread like wild fire in the South," Yes, everyone predict that there is corruption in the South but no evidence for us to bring those thugs to justice, so that’s why every body quiet. In other words, why Bol didn’t point his finger at a particular person or people who stolen public funds and went further and generalised all people about coruption which cann’t be true?

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        • 13 October 2008 20:39, by Maruon Ayiei

          It is insane for those who claim that Nhial Bol has fabricated the information he published in the citizen newspaper. There is nothing wrong to point out the irregulaties within certain department like legal affairs where he get trouble. If the enitre department is corrupted, it worth pointing at it misguided behavior. We always said that Arab has opressed us for so long and we become depressed, while after we break through the grim mistreatment for long long time under Khartoum regime. We adopt the same tactic of oppressing the voice of those over oppress. Southerners, this is bad and we should not pretend like the information given by the journalist is totally slander and libel. This will not settle well with us the people. Nhial Bol should not be shut-up by imprisonment. It is best for H.E President Kiir to add his voice to the cause of those oppress by the Government employess. Whoever put Nhial in jail was just worried of being expose to the public. We are tired with this kind of treatment with Khartoum so will it be with GoSS if they follow the same path. With no mistake about it, if he slander and libel agianst the government. He has the right to go through legal procedure until convicted. Government should not treat people as if they were spying. Nhial was just doing his job in indicating the wrong doing by the government. Stop it, it is not worth it before the referendum in 2011. Some of us know that, the human memorise are too short and we can forget the entire two decade of struggle. Stop your ego and selfish that driven you to the drapes. You have reached the chemise of our society.

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          • 15 October 2008 14:50, by Bum Bum Ramkel

            Dear All,

            I was shock to hear that a veteran Journalist Mr. Nhial Bol was arrest on Publication of article on corruption. I wonder why such an innocent Journalist remain victim of this subject when government Senior official preaches Act in every rally, whether in the Sea, on the air and on Land. It was even produced in one of the official foreign report that Corruption in Southern Sudan is 90%.

            If Mr. Bol was charged because of the corruption, in less than 48 hours, his Excellency the Minister of Legal Affairs, Lawyer, Makuei Lueth, entered in to a HOT WAR with his colleaue, her Excellency the Minister of Public Services in Juba. How can we dismiss Mr. Bol’s allegations when the Minister himself already sat on the hot soup of the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly (SSLA), the most Senior dignitary Institution in the government of Southern Sudan.

            One thing missing is the positive role of Anti-corruption on this hot topic, does it mean the Commission remains an invited guest when this disturbing news is wide-spread or should it play a role. The government of Southern Sudan should not keep this young Lady away from such matters, the commission has been formed so long; recieving salaries but doing no work until recently when their Bill got passed at the Parliament, what were they doing all this long, do you not think, corruption has started with this so called Anti-corruption!

            I was informed by a good source that the issue was handle at curtail by a specialized committee and will be re-screened for final resolution after two weeks. Where did this innocent Journalist got wrong, the Lawyers of his Excellency the minister should answer. Please, the Ministry of Legal affairs, you should not be Legal for nothing but produce more Legal laws to be share in Parliament and shall be abide by the Community of the Southern Sudan.

            Mr. Bol, who has been detained on several ocassions by INGAZ Regime shall not repeated by its own government, Please free Bol on such baseless charges but advice him on the positive role he could play in a government where you have not formulate its Laws, there is much work at your shoulder besides torturing Journalist.

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