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S. Sudanese minister warns media against pro-rebel reporting


September 8, 2014 (JUBA) – The government will take punitive measures against journalists giving rebels a voice in South Sudan, information minister Michael Makuei Lueth said on Sunday.

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Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth (R) speaks at a media forum as presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny looks on in Juba on 7 September 2014 (ST)

“If you can go and interview a rebel and then you come and play that material, disseminating it to the people, what are you doing now?” the minister said.

“You are actually disseminating material of the enemy. When you are disseminating material of the rebels in the country, you are actually agitating the people against the government and that has not been happening all over the world,” he said.

Last month, national security agents closed Catholic-owned Bakhita radio, arresting its news editor and three other staff members. The station, however, remained closed, although those arrested were released.

Lueth said the station will only be opened after security agents have completely concluded the ongoing investigations in to the matter.

“This time we will take you (journalists) to the court so that the rest of your colleague will know that you have committed an offence [and] you must be punished according to the law,” said Lueth.

“So if you don’t want us to take you to the court, please stick to the ethics of your profession. We will not touch you, but if you cross the line, there will be no way for us not to take any action against you,” he added.


“The government should tell us what objective writing is or else it is not committed to freedom of press and expression,” said one journalist who preferred anonymity.

The Greater Upper Nile, Bar El Ghazal and Equatoria (GUBET), an indigenous civil society entity, organised the forum under the theme “Role of media in nation building”.
Prof. Abenego Akok Kachuol, the chairperson of South Sudan election commission said the government must also fulfil it duties.

“We want these (media laws) to be brought out such that everybody should not be bully,” said Akok, a former journalist.

Prof. John Akech, a renowned blogger, said government should think of developing community radio stations to counter foreign-funded media that are perceived as hostile by the government.

“If the government can support local newspapers and radio stations from collapse, it will be better than locking horns with the media,” said Akech.

But minister Makuei said some reporters were “intentionally” tainting the image of South Sudan president, Salva Kiir and his government.

“In the course of your dissemination, the information that you pass must be credible, must be reliable, must be responsible and must be accurate. And be ready to account for it,” he said, claiming that some newspapers often quoted him out of context.

South Sudan lacked functional media laws, prior to president Kiir’s decision on Monday to sign into law the long-awaited broadcast bill.


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  • 9 September 2014 07:31, by Marco Bul

    Hehehe.Village mentality and arrogance.
    We are not fighting arabs.We want both sides of grievances so that we solve the issue.

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    • 9 September 2014 09:11, by Ankh

      The freedom fighters would like to thank Makuei Lueth for exposing the opressive attitude of Salva regime.

      Infact Makuei Lueth is a rebel.

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    • 9 September 2014 09:42, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      What is wrong with being accountable for what you write.If a Journalist cannot account for what he writes,that’s irresponsible reporting by all ethical standards.The Minister is simply emphasizing fundamental basics.A journalist cannot become a mouth piece of propaganda & instability in the name of press freedom, unrestrained, at the jeopardy of people’s & national security,no where in the world

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    • 9 September 2014 16:10, by Redeemer

      No wonder, when the reporter is held responsible of what he or she delivered the so called Human Right Watch(HRW) says its a media right. But some medias are feeding the public with poisonous News.

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    • 9 September 2014 17:21, by Ayuen deng

      I thinks the Government is very soft with Journalist since the onset of crisis in South Sudan otherwise some d’ have gone to jail due to thier agitations, please be professionals not agitators of democratic elected Government.

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  • 9 September 2014 07:33, by Mi diit

    This is clearly reminiscent of uncivilized government of chief Salvatore kiir miyerdit. Don’t worry journalist, a true civilized government will soon be installed in Ramciel. Kiir is already a bad history.

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    • 9 September 2014 08:42, by chol

      Midiit or mitot you keep thinking you are going to win this war.I say good luck with that,because how many so call white army you get left? Now the white army with that gatdet are fourteen years boys that he round them up to fight.So you better come back to South Sudan and fight instead of fighting war on internet in Washington DC fool.
      I am the man you fear Monyjangdit.

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      • 9 September 2014 09:07, by chol

        The Nuer are so stupid thinking that they are bravery to fight Dinka and their allies.People figure that out long time ago way before Roman empire that no single tribe go to war against many tribes and win.All ancient empires were many tribes joints together to fight their enemy and that how you become strong even today world no single country go to war without an ally.look at U S world super powe

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        • 9 September 2014 09:22, by chol

          So that what happened when denies yourself an ally Nuers Machar don’t learn from their mistake and only fool don’t their mistakes so keeps running around calling Monyjangs cowards,but we are smarter and our empire is not going anywhere,so get used to it.
          You should fear Monyjangdit .

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    • 9 September 2014 10:10, by Dhong Bang Aweil

      Dear lair
      I think you are just dreaming in your tukul
      No intallation of fucken new government you are talking of Kiir will continues as Dr. Garang Said, otherwise tou will be blown off by monsoon wind very soon

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    • 9 September 2014 16:16, by Redeemer

      I think you are suffering from a disease called Kiirindia please don’t die of it, it is a very simple disease to treat.

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  • 9 September 2014 07:55, by Dengic

    Midiit, you must be possessed with the name of Salva Kiir. How does the article relate to Salva?.. That new government you are vying for cannot and will never be possible without Kiir whom you hated to the last atom of your strength. And Machar will never be president in this Country may be in Nuer nation as some of you called it.

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  • 9 September 2014 08:55, by tootke’bai-ngo


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    • 9 September 2014 09:31, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      There is nothing wrong with being accountable for what you write. How can a Journalist write what he cannot account for. That is truly irresponsible reporting by all ethical standards.The Minister is only emphasizing basic fundamentals & there should be no reason for being offended. A journalist cannot become a mouth piece of propaganda & instability in the name of press freedom, unrestrained

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  • 9 September 2014 10:24, by Dhong Bang Aweil

    Why do churches become politicians in South Sudan?
    I thought that their work is to preach word of God but not to involve in any political issues
    we have been in war for long time which make everyone become a politician but time has come let government exercise their roles of being government now and rest should go where they belongs

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  • 9 September 2014 15:43, by marie

    What’s politics in the first place? All aspects of our lives are politics not the lies our people keep on spreading everyday. This is not politics but propaganda.

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  • 9 September 2014 16:14, by Kim Deng

    Jang (Chol),

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors thought this war would be between Jaang and Nuer only, but to their surprise, coward Jaang braught in their allies (Ugandan army, JEM, SPLA-N, Rwanda, Kenya...). Now, the Nuer will find someone who can ally with them in this war including the devil himself.

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  • 9 September 2014 16:27, by Kim Deng

    I have been seeing dead Jaang walking in Nuerland (Bentiu town, Mayom, Ayod and Nasir).

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    • 10 September 2014 04:38, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:

      You repeat the same delusions and lies over and over again. The only ally that we have truly involved is Uganda. JEM only intervenes on an intermittent basis. Kenya, Rwanda and SPLA-N are not at all involved. We didn’t have any allies during the war and we still defeated you...

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      • 10 September 2014 04:38, by Rommel

        Were the Ugandans present when we routed you from our lands in the counterattacks of 1991? Riek’s forces experienced defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Were JEM fighters present!? Remember, you had the Equatorian defence force with you as well.

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        • 10 September 2014 04:39, by Rommel

          The Baggara tribes in the form of the PDF and Murahaleen, devastated the Dinka tribe. The Equatorians joined your myopic surrender to Khartoum. The Murle [like you] worked for Khartoum. The vast majority of the Shilluk joined your rebellion. The Muslim ’Fertit’ tribes in Western Bahr el Ghazal worked in tandem with Khartoum against us... and you still lost.

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          • 10 September 2014 04:40, by Rommel

            When Khartoum’s artillery guns and aircraft bombarded the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... Was that fair!? Well, was it!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

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            • 10 September 2014 04:41, by Rommel

              Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon Khartoum’s weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum against us!? The Ugandans have thus far only provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan, interspersed in Juba, Bor and Western and Eastern Equatoria...

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              • 10 September 2014 04:42, by Rommel

                .. That’s a drop in the ocean in comparison with what Khartoum did for you. The Dinka had to contend with an enemy [your erstwhile ally], that was well furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry and over 100, 000 men, accompanied by bombers, jets, and helicopter gunships...

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                • 10 September 2014 04:44, by Rommel

                  I can’t believe that you people wish to complain about only three [3] to four [4] thousand Ugandan soldiers when Khartoum deployed its entire army against us during the civil war. You are in no position to talk, because for well over a decade we suffered tremendously as a consequence of your alliance with Khartoum. We lost hundreds of thousands of people... That’s what you call war.

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  • 9 September 2014 19:37, by lino

    Hahaaaaa! What is the different between Dinka Government and Arab Government now.
    One is wearing a hat and the other a Turban, but both shoot you with a loaded gun if you tell the TRUTH.
    Welcome to the Land of Terrorists and the Cowboys!!!

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    • 9 September 2014 19:40, by lino

      Do they have another law for Social Media too??? Let them come with one for the world to see. Ya hoo!!1

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