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March 30, 2012 (JUBA) - Sudan Tribune journalist Ngor Garang was expelled from covering the last day of the National Liberation Council of the country’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-NLC) on Friday.

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Sudan Tribune journalist Peter Ngor Garang. (ST)

Security services seized his camera, equipment, passport and national identity card. None of the items were returned by Friday evening. It is unclear why Garang was singled out from the many journalists covering the event.

South Sudanese officials have been unable to explain why the incident happened.

“I cannot confirm anything because I did not get such information. I actually saw him in the hall”, David Mayen, a protocol officer at the office of the president told journalists on Friday.

“We will find out from the security organ[s the] causes of his expulsion”, he said, declining to confirm reports that Ngor’s documents and equipment were taken.

The country’s Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, did not pick Sudan Tribune’s calls on Friday.

Philip Thon Mac, a journalist who reports for Southern, an English weekly newspaper, said he did not see the logic behind Ngor’s expulsion.

“I saw him being stopped and taken out from hall", said Mac. "I actually do not know what he did. The security officer just stopped [him] and took him out from the convention hall”.

Ngor said on Friday evening the actions of the security services were unjustifiable.

“The equipments including camera I had was seized and all the snaps were erased. This happened upon arrival of President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the closing session. They took my passport, national identity card. No reason was given. It was just a clear premeditated move meant to deny me the right to cover the event”, said Garang.

Ngor said that some senior government officials and other journalists including those working for the SPLM unsuccessfully attempted to intervene.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 2012 05:11, by akid malual

    The South SUDAN Journal in its head and heart will stand for the people, be truly Democratic and free from political entanglements and machinations, believing in the principles that promise the greatest good to the greatest number—to ALL MEN, regardless of race, creed or previous condition of servitude... It will be a fair newspaper, not a dull and selfish sheet

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    • 31 March 2012 05:47, by zulu

      At this point mister, you cannot deny the fact that other journalists from Sudan tribune were permitted to cover the story. The fact that this particular individual, who holds no higher position than others, was singled out is not act of press suppression. Go to Khartoum where you can declare these proclamations because the press is controlled and directed distinctively.

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    • 31 March 2012 05:59, by Baring

      Mr, Garang you have done something that hart the Govt or you have write something about president daougther. Just try to remember because there is no smoock without fire. You have to know that we are still in the earler stage of democracy. It is kind of traditional one.

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      • 31 March 2012 06:51, by bior angeth

        Some people think announcing every move made by government is democratic but it is not. You expose every thing to your enemy. We are not interested in knowing every thing but in stability.

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        • 31 March 2012 07:07, by Mi diit

          If all the other journalists from different media houses working for different newspapers, radios (private and public), TVs, etc, were allowed to cover the closing of the SPLM NLC conference, than there must be something specific to single out or ban Ngor Arol Garang. There is a story he has not yet told about the reason for his expulsion.

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      • 31 March 2012 08:58, by choldit

        Baring,
        you read naive so much. The president is a public figure and in the constitution, he is not different from anyone. Garang deserve an answer. We are a democratic nation.

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      • 31 March 2012 10:09, by Morthon Akol

        Mr. Baring, you are right. there is no smoock without fire there is no point for security service to pick Peter Ngor out of hundred jounalist. and also acording to Ngor is that his passport and national ID has been taken. the question is why he cary his passport?

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      • 31 March 2012 22:49, by panom lualbil

        Mr NGOR, better watch your mouth but what you really supose to do. I mean you never know what gonna hurts somebody’s feeling. This is the 2nd times you appeared in news, in comparson to jail times you recently did when you said some about the president’s daughter who married ethiopia man. It must be you wrote or said thing of none business.

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    • 31 March 2012 06:47, by LL Reuben

      Democracy isn’t about telling lies, distorting/twisting stories and facts. Who says journalists understand democratic principles much better... There must be a reason to why he’s singled from the rest. Juba is corrupt but the enemy is next door, and our journalists seem to be oblivious to the point were they’re dealing our country to our enemies with this incompetent UN oriented journalism.

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    • 31 March 2012 07:08, by omoni jr.

      Dictatorship gov’t of salva kiir

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      • 31 March 2012 08:50, by Robot

        Omoni,
        I know you have good understanding and comments wisely every time i read the comments, lets leave these aside and focus on the ongoing war which will lead to demise of El Bashir, South Kordofan is on fire as the SPLM/N have cut the road connecting El Obeid and have encircled the town, and Heglig to be captured soon, lets leave our differences aside and focus on our common enemy.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:28, by Isaac Khamis

      In every country, there is a time where reporter are prevented to attend the events the party is discussing security issues, so it is not the sin to do so.

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  • 31 March 2012 06:53, by mosa mel

    Garang may be Bashier agent. He suppose to be suspend from journalists because he is liar.

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  • 31 March 2012 07:12, by George Bol

    At this critical time,the journalist need to back off from reporting everything because we are under tied national security.Journalist need to take major ethics courses before even arguing about exposing news. SPLa spoke person must be the one to report anything concerning the SPLM/A.Thanks

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    • 31 March 2012 09:36, by Nuer

      George Bol or George Athor, is useless Stupid dog, how come a army spoke person can allow to report army and party issues, what do means? Take note that the official spoke person for the Gvt is Dr. Barnaba Marial Bil, the one for the Splm Party is Yien Matthew and the Spla spoke person is Phillip Aguer, so Aguer should stick his ass on Spla issues only.

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  • 31 March 2012 08:10, by Manyang

    Shame on you those who condoned this barbaric act by security agents. Who said that journalist need to report what we like to hear. He might be the best journalist who told the truth among the bunch of idiots who toed SPLM line.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:31, by viper

      Manyang , you are right. The issue is simply because Ngor is an independent journalist who use to tell the truth. He is not among the bunch of SPLM journalist who do not tell the reality as true journalist. Ngor & Dengdit Ayok were the only two journalist who condemned the wedding of president’s daughter to an Ethiopian which resulted to the shutdown of their Destiny paper up to now. This issue ma

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    • 31 March 2012 08:34, by LL Reuben

      Shame on those who think his (Ngor) UN onriented incompetent journalism has anything to do with true democracy. I am not a supporter of Kiir-Machar corrupted goverment. I am a true nationalist who would puts his country above UN dollars. These incompetent guys are paid to manufacture lies and distort facts in order to appear terrific in the eyes of their master, the United Nation.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:53, by mosa mel

      Manyang

      This guy might be the best to told the enemy South Sudan secret so enemy may destroy South Sudan. Ngor his reports harm South Sudanese people and benefit the enemy. I know his attitudes here on the board. He is not the one be trust. He is the one the enemy of South Sudan trust more.

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  • 31 March 2012 08:11, by marie

    My fellow South Sudanese. Africans are the same whatsover the case. We were fighting the Jallaba because they were in the helm of government and treat the rest of the people like shit. The time has come for SPLM, they are in the government and would treat the rest of the people like shit and whoever follows them would behave likewise. Africa is just a cursed continent let us just wait for death.

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    • 31 March 2012 08:28, by Robot

      My advice to Ngor and those supporting him,
      It is in one will commensurately depending with his understanding to comment the way he/she wants here, but let be straight forward, Ngor is dealing with the govt and people should know when you rattle with a snake you will be bitten, i am worried and Ngor should refrain for sometimes, his life could be in danger. Ngor try to define ’GOVERNMENT’

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    • 31 March 2012 08:33, by Lokorong

      Marie, If you wanna die before everyone else you are wellcome. I love Africa including her people. It’s a continent of good hope not as you discribe it.........just be patient and a full peace will come soon!

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  • 31 March 2012 08:25, by pabaak

    This is bad for democracy and the SPLM in particular, because they say they are for democracy while still follow a dictatorial style press censorship, what the point of expelling a journalist before establishing any report that will determine whether he is against or for the government?, the people of South Sudan need a clear guideline for the media to be able to exercise their freedom without

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    • 31 March 2012 08:30, by pabaak

      harassment and intimidation from any one, because this how a true democracy work, unless the party want to bury the head on sand by the name of democracy while follow a different road

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      • 31 March 2012 08:57, by Mou

        Hi all,
        The critical time does not permit government to sieze equipment from journalists. They supposed to instruct him to leave peacefully or request him patriotically to cover not all the session.

        Ngor has never ever been reporting lies as some have alluded up there. Something fishy is going in South Sudan.

        Even Article which dropped Ngor to prison last year was wrote by Dengdit Ayok —

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        • 31 March 2012 09:02, by Mou

          But South Sudanese politicians who do not want the truth have developed hatred against Ngor for no reasons.

          It’s Ngor’s obligation as a journalist to report ever bit bad or good going on in the government.

          If security issues are being discussed, how will Ngor reports be different from other journalists’ report?

          I think there is somebody in the meeting, the one I don’t want to mention

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  • 31 March 2012 09:59, by philipdit wol

    Thanks for your contribution all ideas and I Do, n,t want to gues between A$B . Mr Jounalist would be answered for his expelusion.

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  • 31 March 2012 16:12, by somebody are Tonj

    He spoke out against the president. That is why this has happened. It wasn’t right for him to critisise a marriage in the first instance, his views are also distorted.... but it is also a democracy, so the government has no right to take this action, but I kind of understand why they did! South Sudan is not the first nation this has happened, this also happens in the first world.

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  • 31 March 2012 19:35, by BM Bol

    Being a refutable journalist comes along with establishing a relationship with people you interact with on daily basis. You just don’t show up and demand to part of a forum not intended for the mass in the first place. This is something Sudan tribune and their journals should take a hint on.

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  • 31 March 2012 19:43, by E. Defense Forces

    The ICC wanted Sudan governor Ahmed Harun to troops Take no prisoners.

    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/284/Sudan_governor_to_troops_Take_no_prisoners/

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  • 31 March 2012 22:07, by Born-to-Rule

    This (Ngor Garang) bad boy of Journalism is at it again. Mr. Garang need invitation to be in such a meeting. Otherwise he will run into the some problem again in the future. When he’s going to wise up!. Mr. Garang is getting famous by being the bad boy of Journalist. There are consequences for being a trouble make and writing lies.

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