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Sudan Tribune journalist detained in Juba


June 28, 2009 (JUBA) – A reporter named Isaac Vuni, who frequently covers parliamentary debates and other developments in South Sudan’s capital city, was detained by police for five days, he said.

Mr. Vuni, whose writings appear in the Sudan Tribune, said that he was arrested for exposing the collapse of Nile Commercial Bank and the knocking of the presidential motorcade by a hit-and-run vehicle that belonged to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s headquarters in Juba.

He reported that National Security arrested him while he was covering debates in the Government of Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly.

On June 22, the administrator of the August House had ordered the reporter to get out during a parliamentary deliberation. The administrator pointed to a report in Citizen Magazine, which he attributed to Mr. Vuni, stating that legislators were avoiding debate due to lack pay. However, the Chairman ruled that there is freedom of the press and that besides parliamentary debates are open for public consumption and scrutiny.

While in custody, the reporter was periodically denied water, food, and access to the toilets, while UN officials allegedly were denied access to detainees.

In another development, ten Kenyan Somalis were deported for entering the South without any documents, three Tanzanians were arrested for printing fake currency while several Ugandans were arrested on various offences and have been in Juba police custody since April 29 this year.


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  • 29 June 2009 06:12, by oshay

    good, I hope now Sudan Tribune would stop its blatant inequivocable SPLM bias

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    • 29 June 2009 08:39, by Sala Gai

      I didn’t get the really reason for detaining Mr Isaac, who is alway telling true from now and then,

      who is ratify the true to the Southern, so that you may learn more politic.

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  • 29 June 2009 06:48, by Matot de Akech Matot .

    Wow that is that ? iam eally not understand the reason of detained him for five days .

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    • 29 June 2009 07:31, by truth to be told in SouthSudan

      Dear Reader,
      what are we southernese fighting North about if our own government is acting like a dictorship. Freedom of press and expression is a fundamentally right to any mankind. We, south Sudanese had suffered enough under the regime of North for too long and our main concerns was the lack of freedom, press etc. A democractic government in any society should provides transparency, accountability and most of all, freedom of press and expression. Our GOSS is lacking almost everything. There is corruption at all level of the government and Goss is not providing better services to its people. The Kiir admistration is preaching the enermies of peace, but the really enermies of peace in southern sudan is lack of transparency, accountability, corruption, and dictatorship government. If the citizens can not express grievances to the their government without fear of intimidation, then the government is useless. We southernese deserves a free country without intimidation from the government official. we are no longer in the miltary mentally. Civil government is about government providing basic freedom of its citizens without governmnent intimidation. Kiir should resign immediately because there is no differences rightnow with him and Omar Albashir. Both of them are using military authority to control power and we are all sickened by their wickened vision.

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  • 29 June 2009 07:14, by Kur

    I do not personally want to hear this again. South Sudan is a land of freedom, where people can feel free to tell the truth. Press freedom must be part of our culture because those who fear the press are criminals who do not want their dirty acts exposed. We should be good example to those idoits in Khartoum who bark when their crimes are brought to light. Free press is a key to democracy and freedom.


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  • 29 June 2009 08:10, by Abdel-Rahman

    There needs to be mechanisms which prevent this sort of thing happening in future. I am not entirely sure of the details of the case - but an independant media council for Southern Sudan would be the way to go - and as far as I know there are a few media associations currently driving this effort forward.

    Patience my good friends and brothers - the journey is long and the way is paved with challenges and obstacles. And as the saying says - the road to hell is paved with good intentions.....so a helping hand to those who are diligently transforming intentions into reality is needed.

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  • 29 June 2009 08:11, by BUSTA 2

    To Sudan Tribune journalists!!

    Please I always tell that Juba is not good place to be and if you study why the Sudan Tribune journalist detained, you will find that he/she did nothing and I can ensure you that it is so called Dinka who are behind detained.

    It is so bad that democracy and freedom has not yet seen in Juba just because one tribe and when we air out what Dinkas are doing people are say we are causing tribalism and hatrate.

    Juba is not safe place to live for human being who do not want problem due to the fact that now days it is full of problem either you are doing right things or not Dinkas have to hate by all means.

    Be very careful while going to Juba otherwise you better prepare your cofffin before you go there and write down your will because the possibility of you come back is narrow!!!!

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  • 29 June 2009 09:30, by Gabriel Green

    Mr Vuni, keeping going you are a hero,it is part of your job to betained,keep the eye on these MPs, most of them are just doing nothing in the house.They should not be doing things with out the media .Shame on this poor police who doesn,t know justice and important of journalist.

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  • 29 June 2009 09:55, by postmortem

    Vuni you have your detention was a good baptismal practice of your career. You are actually lucky that you were detained for writing the truth which by human nature is bitter.

    It is the same thing like when we were fighting in the bush, you get shot for our rights and the truth but life went on until the CPA was signed.

    The freedom of press that in enshrined in the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution comes with a lot of hickups and it is just part of the game. This is normal, actually the battle has just begun with you and expect more detentions.

    Be strong and you will see jail like a normal thing. On the other hand, always ensure you have a lawyer by side so that not much of your rights as a citizen are trampled upon.

    Press freedom comes at a price. As a journalist, be prepared to carry the cross.

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    • 29 June 2009 15:14, by Adok Liei

      Vuni, if you are detained but not kill than you are lucky, how come they don’t want truth to be tell, keep on....take care of your self when you come out of that detention before you decide to continue or quit that fucken voluntary job.

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      • 30 June 2009 00:34, by MMEE

        people are talking about the freedm of journalist and what happen to Mr. Vuni wasn’t fear. but, you guys is too early for jumping to the conclution. for the fact we just hear from Mr. Vuni; telling us the reason which got him into truble with the police and we didn’t her the other side’s reasons.we want him to tell use more what he has don’t wrong!
        Mr. butrus

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        • 30 June 2009 16:28, by Aparana

          What freedom are you talking about. No freedom in the South, The freedom SPLM is currently enjoying in the North, the NCP and other political parties are not getting it in the South. Let the SPLM not think that, they have all the right to do what so ever they like in the South, their days are numbered. It is most likey we are going to be an indipenent state but any political analyst will tell you that, there is likely going to be a civil in the south, if current practices are not change for better.

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